D. C. Bako, commander of the 25 task force brigade, has been killed by Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush, Ado Isa, spokesman of the army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, announced in a statement on Monday.
Isa said the colonel died from injuries sustained after his patrol team was pigeon-holed by the insurgents.
The commander was already recuperating at the hospital where he was being treated before he died, the spokesman said.
It is still unclear if there were other casualties in the ambush, as the statement was silent on that.
However, the army spokesman quoted Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, as condoling with Bali’s family, saying the security agency is “most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the motherland.”
He said, “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.
“It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorits 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 at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest.”