The 12th death anniversary –cum- dedication of epitome of Brig. Reivilie Angami was held on Thursday from Zasibito Martyrs Park at Jotsoma. The service was chaired by Vizosielhu,general secretary NNC and invocation prayer by Rev.Zakie Peseyie,Jotsoma Baptist Church. The Epitome was unveiled by Gen.Thienoselie Keyho.
Short speeches were delivered by Capt.Kolhulie,Kaka Iralu,Capt.Rato,2nd Lieutenant Kobito,Capt.Phuneinyü and his former secretary Vizeto.Special song was presented by Kenei Nagi nephew of Brig.Reivilie follow by presentation by family members to the participants and some of the Brigadier comrades. Brig. Reivilie Angami was born in 1923 at Jotsoma Village and the only son of Lhutsüre Nagi joined Assam Regiment, British Indian Army on 23 July, 1943 as a soldier. Fought World War-II along with Allied Forces in Naga Hills, Manipur & Burma and earned the Burma Star in 1939,World War-II medal and the Indian Independence medal in 1947.Besides these, he was also awarded with Gallantry Certificates and release from service on October 18,1948. In 1949, he joined NNC was actively involved in Youth Movement from 1952 and was also one of the founders of Naga Safe Guard on January 3, 1956. Awarded Commanding Officer (Western Command) on March 11,1956, and promoted to Brigadier on April 27, 1957.
He was arrested on April 26,1960 and imprisoned at Central Jail, Rae Bareilly UP for 6 years and 4 months. Transferred to Nagaland for release, but refused on the plea that ‘unless A.Z. Phizo returns to Nagaland, he shall not be released. But on 16th May1967,he escaped from Kohima jail and rejoined Naga Army as Brigadier refusing any promotion. Govt. of India branded him as the most wanted Naga Warriors and was re-arrested on 1st June 1972 but he was released after 4 months for ill health by GOC Jakhama. In 1976,he has also led his former comrades to Chumukidima and established Vidima Village. He became a deacon in 1978 at Vidima Baptist Church till his death on February 18, 1998.