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Boko Haram kills Nigerian Army commander in Borno

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Boko Haram insurgents have killed one of the commanders of Operation LAFIYA DOLE of the Nigerian Army, Colonel D.C Bako, in Borno State.

Confirming the killing in a statement on Monday, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Ado Isa, described the deceased officer as gallant and fine war hero.

The statement recalled how Mr Bako led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorist from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020.

“Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment.

“Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment.

“The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital.

“May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest, Ameen.”

The statement further expressed the Chief of Army Staff,  Tukur Buratai’s condolence to the family of the deceased officer, saying: “we are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices” to the country.

“May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our fatherland,” Mr Buratai said.

The statement added that Mr Bako was a professional, gallant senior officer and patriotic Nigerian who always led from the front.

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