Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Monday laid an ambush between Sari and Gudumbali areas of Borno State, killing one other Lieutenant Colonel, Otos Umusu, and his unnamed safety aide whereas heading to their base in Baga.
Our correspondent learnt that Umusu, who was the Commanding Officer of the 118 Activity Pressure Battalion, Operation Lafiya Dole, in Borno, and his aide had been killed by an Improvised Explosive System planted on the highway.
It was gathered that the commander and his males have been coming from Maiduguri and returning to their location in Baga when the explosion occurred.
Boko Haram insurgents had on November four, 2016 killed Lt.-Col. Abu Ali, the Commanding Officer of 272 Job Drive Battalion and 4 troopers in an assault within the Mallam Fatori space of Borno State.
When contacted, Military spokesperson, Operation Lafiya Dole within the North-East, Colonel Mustapha Anka, stated the incident didn’t occur in his jurisdiction.
A high navy supply on the Nigerian Military headquarters, Abuja, who spoke on situation of anonymity, nevertheless, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
He mentioned, “The Theatre Command will problem an announcement on the incident. However sadly, it’s true. We’re preventing a warfare and these terrorists will not be folks that got here from the moon. They dwell amongst us. That’s the reason the navy is cautious about data.
“The members of the family of the Lt.-Col. mustn’t get to listen to the loss of life of their breadwinner on the social media. Everybody ought to enable the army to situation a press release about this.”
A Fb consumer, Funsho Yusuf, wrote that he was a good friend of the late Lt.-Col., including that the deceased was promoted in 2015.
He mentioned, “I’ve identified Lt.-Col. Otos Umusu for the reason that age of eleven. He was a brave and extremely resolute man. We had been good buddies for over 25 years. Otos, as he was fondly known as, was accountable for channeling provides to our troops within the frontlines for just a few years.
“He was promoted final yr and have become a commanding officer of one of many items combating insurgency within the North-East. I interacted with Otos two nights in the past until round 3am.
“I remembered him throwing a jibe at me for not visiting his extra risky location in Madagali throughout my latest tour of the North-East. He additionally raised his statement on the combat in opposition to insurgency being intensified within the media relatively than on the bottom. I seemed into his eyes with sympathy as I appreciated his selfless sacrifice and that of these of our different troops who’re preventing with restricted sources. To be sincere, I often prayed in my coronary heart that we noticed once more, at any time when I parted methods with anybody serving in North-East Nigeria.
“I used to be heartbroken to listen to about your passing this morning. You’re a hero and may by no means be forgotten. I pray that God almighty would give your loved ones the fortitude to bear your loss. You shall actually relaxation in peace, my Colonel.”
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