Army honors brave soldiers in style
It was a day of great honours as the Nigerian Army on Saturday honoured a soldier who rescued twenty-seven students from a burning vehicle in Zaria.
The name is Private Isa Umar of the Nigeria Army School of Legal Services, Basawa, Zaria. He reportedly rescued the students who were trapped in their school bus which caught fire on their way home on February 2018.
He was not the only one on the honours list as there were other officers and soldiers honoured by the Nigerian Army on Saturday at Faskari, Katsina State as part of activities to mark the 2020 Nigerian Army Day.
In all, seven officers and nine soldiers were honoured for their bravery, ingenuity, and exemplary discipline.
They were Major General Enobong Udoh; Brigadier General Babatunde Alaya, Colonel D.Dieke, Lt.Col.Emmanuel Etang, Lt.Col.Ibrahim Muhammed, Lt.Col.Yusuf Salisu and Captain Tofa Ibrahim.
Others are Warrant Officer Ogunbiyi David, Warrant Officer Musa Isa, Warrant Officer Lawan Muazu, Warrant Officer Saigem Makama, Staff Sergeant Rabe Aliyu, Staff Sergeant Suleiman Yunusa, Sergeant Agada Okoafor and Lance Corporal Wunti Koni( A lady).
Private Umar is still nursing injuries he sustained in his two hands and the whole body while rescuing the students.
The Defence Minister, Major General Bashir Magashi ( retd) announced a donation of half a million naira for him(Private Umar) shortly after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.General Tukur Buratai, decorated all the honourees.