Nigerian Army confirms death of another lieutenant colonel in Boko Haram ambush

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday confirmed the death of B.U. Umar, a lieutenant colonel, in a Boko Haram ambush.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Mr. Umar and soldiers of his 114 TF battalion were ambushed by Boko Haram after an initial bomb explosion.

While Mr. Umar died immediately in the attack that occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on November 15, another officer, a lieutenant, died later from the attack while eight others were injured.

On Wednesday, the commander of the Nigerian Army in the north-east, Lucky Irabor, confirmed the incident.

“On 15 Nov 16 at about 0930hrs own troops while on patrol to MUBI encountered an IED explosion along Bitta – Pirang road and thereafter were ambushed by BHT”, Mr. Irabor, a major general, said, according to the text of a press conference he delivered on Wednesday.

“Troops successfully cleared the ambush after a fight and unfortunately the Commanding Officer, Lt Col BU Umar lost his life on the spot. Subsequently, Lt Muktar also died in the hospital where 8 others soldiers who are wounded in action were receiving treatment. The wounded soldiers have been responding to treatment”.

Mr. Irabor also said a total of 5,235 people have been rescued from Boko Haram captivity in the past two months.

“In all the operations, a total of 5,235 people were rescued from the BHT”, Mr. Irabor said while detailing the achievements of Nigeria’s troops in the last two months.

He also read through a catalogue of military activities, most of which have been reported by the media.

The press conference, which was beamed by the government-owned Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, lasted about an hour.

The major general described the recent upsurge of suicide bombers as very unfortunate. He, however, said the impacts of the blasts have been minimal as only the bombers got killed in most cases.

“The impact of recent bombings in Maiduguri, though sad and unfortunate, was minimal due to the alertness of troops and other security agencies”, he said.

“Apart from the one wherein 2 CJTF personnel were killed and some others wounded, only the terrorists died, while one was captured alive. The captured suicide bomber is assisting in the investigation into cases of suicide bombings. The incidents are only indicative of a weakened and defeated BHT. Their ignoble adventure is destined to fail totally.”

Mr. Irabor said soldiers have intercepted several arms and ammunition from the insurgents. One of such interceptions was made on November 13, he said.

“At about 2130hrs, own troops at FOB Potiskum arrested a trailer truck with registration number Yobe (XA 960 NGU) along Potiskum – Azare road enroute Kano based on information from DSS”, he said.

“The truck was arrested with 22 sharpened new cutlasses, a knife, 7 catapults, 5 military belts, 41 iron rollers, 9 sharpened iron rods, 6 hollow irons, a first aid box, 2 tents and various black and red flags of IMN sect. The driver and 2 other persons were arrested with the truck. The suspects and items have been handed over to the Nigeria Police for further action.


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  • General Sam Bockerie

    Bokoharam have been defeated – Ayyatollah Muhammadu Buhari

    Bokoharam have been incapacitated – Gen Buratai

    Bokoharam have been weakened that they can nolonger carry out attacks except soft targets -Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
    Alhaji Lai, is the Nigerian Army a soft target???

  • Lex0107

    And Someone will come out and tell me that Boko Haram has been technically defeated. A soldier has been injured and killed since on the 15th yet we are just hearing about it today 24th. This goes to show how long the Nigerian government wants to keep covering the nefarious activities of these deadly creatures called Boko Haram, just in disguise to the unsuspecting western world of their claim. Buhari has Failed and he doesn’t want to admit it.

    • We dey hear

      • “Today, i can report to you that the entire 70 plus kilometres stretch from Maiduguri

      to Bama and all the way to Banki which leads to Cameroun and the Central African

      Republic are in the hands of our gallant troops. They have so degraded the capacity

      of Boko Haram that the terrorists can no longer hold on to any territory just as they

      can no longer carry out any spectacular attack.”

      ………….General Lai Muhammed of APC party

      [December 23, 2015]

  • ibrahim
  • thusspokez

    Nigerian Army confirms death of another lieutenant colonel

    I should extend my condolences to the families of Lt Col Umar, Lt Muktar and others before someone get offended on their behalf for what I say next.

    The deaths of army officers in the hands of enemy bullets happen but is often very rare. So, might this latest deaths be something to do with the standard of recruitment and quality of officer training in the Nigerian army? A mediocre army officer poses dangers, just as an enemy does, to the men he or she leads to battle.

    • GusO

      Nice of you to extend condolences to the families of Lt Col Umar, Lt Muktar and others that unfortunately met their untimely death in the hands of BH terrorists. These soldiers are defending the country from extremist terrorists and it’s our obligations to support these officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces regardless of their ethnic origin or religious affiliations. It’s mindless for anyone, as many do in this commentary sections, to pour scorn on defenders of the Fatherland. What has the world become? That said, the death of officers is not because they are mediocre. In a guerrilla war, their are no front lines. An attack or ambush can occur at any time and it depends on the luck of the draw whether an officer of any rank is present at the site or not. It was an IED that struck Col Umar’s convoy and an ambush was set up where the IED was buried. It could have happened to a general.

  • lo

    Know this: Nigerian army so not have what it takes to defeat book haram. If the government of the day and the army hierarchy will allow the local hungers to invade sambisa forest, when the army should be at the perimeter of the forest.

    • Hamza

      The military does not want to be seen as cowards. The local hunters have been seeking for permission right from Jonathan’s time. Yet, the soldiers have refused them. And they have failed to kill of boko haram. So sad.

      • Otile

        Most Muslim soldiers are Boko haram, they don’t want to hurt their own.

  • emmanuel

    Boko Haram soft targets are Men and Officers of the Nigeria Army. Liar Mohammed, na who we go tell? This mata don tire us.

    • Charles

      His father the devil is a liar from beginning. it is falsehood business that still kept him alive.

      • emmanuel

        To cover up this mess, we would hear before tommorrow morning that $50 billion has been discovered in Patience Jonathan’s account. Followed by how Alex Badey bought houses with the money he stole.There is no admittance of guilt in the books of the APC. It is win win for them, even when it is obvious they have failed on every human developmental indices.
        INEC ay cancel Rivers re-run election if armed Robbers kill anyone in Rivers state before December 10, but want to go ahead with Ondo election when Jegede’s name has not been published or included for upto 30 days.
        Jimoh Ibrahim party agents are still the ones known to INEC. Is Buhari not calling for anarchy in Nigeria? Does he think the mumuness of Nigerians will continue for ever?
        Unfortunately, INEC believes that once they announce Akeredolu as winner, the Judiciary would also legalise his stay, but they have forgotten how Amaechi dealt with the Judiciary and they ambushed him in Wike vs Peterside.
        Buhari will see fast track Tribunal and Appeal Court pronouncements after Ondo election. The Judges want their pound of flesh as quickly as possible.

  • emmanuel

    If an officer is declared dead battle, be sure others would number over thirty. They hide figures same way Nigeria inflation has remained at less than twenty percent in a depressed economy.
    Only mumus believe NBS inflationary figures when prices have gone over the roof with more than 150%. Government by lies and propaganda.

  • Otile

    Where are the twin touts of Kay Soyemi(expired) & mofu ola? Let them come and twist this for their master Lair Mohammed. Omo bururku meji.