According to Abubakar Auta, the Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of his cousin, a soldier who had been missing for a year. He reportedly died on the frontline at Gudunbale area of Borno State. Another family member confirmed the sad news on Facebook. May his soul rest in peace, Amen. Abdul Usman shared photos of the slain soldier and wrote:
"He was a gunner busy saving lives at gudunbale area of Borno state when he got missing,last month august 24/16 marked his 1yr since d incident occurred, may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace(kullu nafsin za'ikatul maut).His last words were,we live in d bush so that u guys can sleep at home,we live in d bush so that u guys can live without fears,we live in d bush so that u guys can have a better life,I asked him wat cn we do for u guys,all he has time to say then was pray for us bcus things are nt easy here"