Suspected members of the Boko Haram
sect on Monday laid an ambush between Sari and Gudumbali areas of Borno State,
killing another Lieutenant Colonel, Otos Umusu, and his unnamed security aide
while heading to their base in Baga.
Urban express news learnt that
Umusu, who was the Commanding Officer of the 118 Task Force Battalion,
Operation Lafiya Dole, in Borno, and his aide was killed by an Improvised
Explosive Device planted on the road.
It was gathered that the commander
and his men were coming from Maiduguri and returning to their location in Baga
when the explosion occurred.
Boko Haram insurgents had on
November 4, 2016 killed Lt.-Col. Abu Ali, the Commanding Officer of 272 Task
Force Battalion and four soldiers in an attack in the Mallam Fatori area of
When contacted, Army spokesperson,
Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East, Colonel Mustapha Anka, said the
incident did not happen in his jurisdiction.
A top military source at the
Nigerian Army headquarters, Abuja, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however,
confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
He said, “The Theatre Command will
issue a statement on the incident. But unfortunately, it is true. We are
fighting a war and these terrorists are not people that came from the moon.
They live among us. That is why the military is careful about information.
“The family members of the Lt.-Col.
should not get to hear the death of their breadwinner on the social media.
Everyone should allow the military to issue a statement about this.”