Boko Haram: Nigerian Army recovers corpses of 16 missing soldiers

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said one officer and fifteen soldiers have been found dead in a major river northeast of the country.

The sixteen personnel were part of the 46 officially declared missing more than six weeks ago.

Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole who made the announcement, said the soldiers were found dead in River Yobe,

“The corpses were recovered along Kamadogou River line area in Maiduguri,” Mr. Irabor, a major general, said.

Mr. Irabor said the departed soldiers included K. Yusuf, a lieutenant colonel.

Prior to his kidnapping and ultimate death, Mr. Yusuf was the commander of Nigerian Army 223 Tank Battalion.

“They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery with full military honours,” Mr. Irabor said.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how about 83 soldiers manning a Forward Operation Base in Gashigar, Borno State, went missing in a major Boko Haram attack on the evening of October 16, 2016.

After initial resistance, the poorly motivated troops abandoned their base and scampered for safety.

As they retreated, some soldiers jumped into River Yobe to escape the advancing insurgents. The terrorists opened fire nonetheless, killing some of the troops and wounding others.

Mr. Yusuf was amongst the personnel this newspaper reported as missing.

For several weeks, PREMIUM TIMES stayed on the unfortunate story with updates, including how the Army later raised a panel to probe the incident as well as the notifications sent out to families of some of the missing personnel.

Two senior Army officials contradicted themselves while trying to deny our reports.

The Boko Haram insurgency has caused the death of about 20,000 people since 2009.

The terror group has, however, suffered major loses including losing its stronghold Sambisa forest to soldiers last December.


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  • General Sam Bockerie

    Bokoharam has been crushed. They can nologer carry out conventional attack. They can only attack ”soft targets”!! – Gen Muhammadu Buhari(2016)

    Are senior Nigerian Army Officers soft targets?????????

    • Burbank

      Even American generals were killed by terrorists.

      Are US army officers “soft targets” ?

      “U.S. general killed in Afghanistan; gunman shot from 100 yards, officials say. ”
      www edition cnn com/2014/08/05/world/asia/afghanistan-violence/

  • pheliciti

    Why is PT gloating about being right in its earlier report of the sad story?
    Could the Army have held back its confirmation of the initial story because of the probable effect on the victims’ families?
    Yes PT is a good news medium but a bit of maturity won’t hurt.

    • Arkhuma

      I couldn’t have said it better. Sometimes, the media must cognize the feelings and emotions of their readership. Being right or wrong or even gloating over being proven to be correct is infantile. This story should flesh up the reason why we must all appreciate the sacrifice of our soldiers and their families in their effort to keep us safe. The BBOG agitators, especially Mrs Obi Ezekwezili, should see this as the sacrifice being paid by others to correct a terrible mistake of not their making and start appreciating the military and their commander in chief. Good bless the souls of the departed and assuage the feelings of their families. May the Lord grant our gallant soldiers, who daily confront these evils of our time despite the many challenges that bedevils them, the courage and the luck of battle to defeat the enemies.

    • princegab

      Why gloat? You simply misinterpreting. PT is reminding readers that this paper reported about this issue some times in the past. Nothing wrong with that.

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  • marc umeh

    I am surprised that some people are still making the same mistake of equating reporting of such unfortunate incident as this , to unpatriotism
    Please check this out. THIS will NEVER
    happen in a first world country. Never!!
    If you loose as many as 86 soldiers all hell will brake loose. Officers will be court marshalled , and some will be dismissed from the army altogether. They will get to the bottom of it. How and why did this happen. They findings will be made public. That is the only way to prevent future incidents. They life of these soldiers are too precious to be thrown away by act of carelessness.
    Nigerians are so used to accepting the status quo. It’s hard to believe

    • Otile

      It takes a detribalized leader to do what you said. When Buhari fills top security jobs with his kin and In-laws and looks the other way concerning their wrongdoing you can always expect this type of thing to be the order of the day. More hardship awaits Nigeria under the leadership of Mohamed Buhari.

  • Otile

    Wayo Allah. The Islamists are decimating our youths in this useless chase called Lafia Dole. Why must our youths face the Islamic brutes? What are they losing their lives and limbs for? Buratai will prolong this crises as long as possible so that he and his partners will continue to rake money from procurement and things. He knows that his tribesman Imam Buhari will never stop him.

    • Omo Eleniyan 2


      Goodluck Jonathan did not have to be good
      to justify today’s worse conditions under Muhamadu Buhari. Nigerians look
      much closer to slaves than to freeborn as they usually fall before anyone who’s
      ruined or stolen the community’s assets, just to be given a portion. That is
      not the mentality of a freeborn. That’s not the meaning of democracy. To the
      Nigerians, as their poverty worsens, they see good politics as meaning that
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  • TTT news centre


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    (January 10th, 2017)

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      guide the sorting out of the details of this stalemate.”

      ……….President Jammeh of The Gambia

      (January 1st, 2017)

  • Burning Spear

    thought the apes in Apc declared the war with Fulani book haram fighters was over and done with? Th ongoing killing of our soldiers nko?

  • Bolaji Smith

    Premium Times Editor,

    Can Nigeria survive as a country under President Buhari? No electricity
    since Christmas in many neighbourhoods in Lagos state and across Nigeria.
    There’s no water too. Now there will be no petrol to power a generator or to
    fuel a motorcycle or a car. Can human civilization be maintained under the
    inhuman conditions wrought by President Buhari – given that unemployment is
    now over 35% and over five million Nigerians have so far lost their jobs under
    President Buhari’s regime. Inflation is over 18% and the National currency has
    been badly devalued close to 490 Naira to a dollar.

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