A week after a gallant officer of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col Muhammed Abu-Ali was ambushed and killed by the Boko Haram Islamic group, another senior officer was on Tuesday killed by the same group.
Reports just coming in say Lt. Col. B.U. Umar, the Commanding Officer of 114 TF battalion of the Nigerian Army was ambushed alongside his troops on Monday morning between Bita and Puritans.
“His vehicle stepped on an improvised explosive device, but he was not hurt,” a source said.
“He came out to assess the damage on the vehicle and Boko Haram opened fire and killed him in the process.”
The soldiers were said to be on their way to Yola in Adamawa State from Bita in Borno State when the incident occurred, sources said.
The full casualty from the attack is not yet clear.
Umar, who recently took over the command of the 114 battalion about three weeks ago, was a member of the 48 Regular Course in the Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA.
When contacted, the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said he was unaware of Umar’s death. He said he would seek further confirmation from appropriate authorities.