How three brave Nigerian soldiers died while repelling Boko Haram ambush- Official

Nigerian Army on patrol

The Nigerian Army has confirmed that some soldiers including an officer were ambushed with some killed by the Boko Haram in a recent incident.

PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported how four soldiers were killed in the ambush on the military convoy.

The soldiers were part of the troops escorting the convoy of a military commander who was heading to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, from his operational base.

The army’s response follows a PREMIUM TIMES enquiry into the October 18 incident in Borno State.

Military sources had told this newspaper that the convoy of the Commanding Officer of 81 Battalion was ambushed by the Boko Haram along Damboa – Maiduguri road at about 12 noon on October 18.

The commanding officer was on his way to Maiduguri from his base in Bulabulin.

Four soldiers were killed and five others injured during the attack, sources told PREMIUM TIMES.

Three of the slain soldiers were corporals while one was a warrant officer. Their names are withheld until we are sure their families have been contacted.

“The military lost weapons, equipment and a hilux vehicle including a ground to air communication radio in that attack,” one military source said.

When contacted for comments on this previously unreported incident, the spokesperson of the Operation Lafiya Dole counterinsurgency force in Maiduguri, Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed that the incident took place but said three soldiers and not four were killed.

He said the attack involved the explosion of a landmine under a military vehicle which was later followed by a shootout between the soldiers and the Boko Haram.

“Yes, I can confirm that an ambush was sprung against a convoy of one of our Commanding Officers when the leading vehicle stepped on an improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried along the road at Teteri village while enroute Maiduguri,” said Nwachukwu, a colonel of the Nigeria Army.

“The escort troops fought bravely through the ambush successfully defending the Commanding Officer and other civilians who were caught in the ambush.

“Unfortunately though, three of the escorts paid the supreme price with their lives and two vehicles were taken.”

The army spokesperson said the Nigerian troops were promptly reinforced.

“Our Mobile Strike Team immediately mobilised to reinforce the troops and trailed the insurgents, recovering a gun truck, a Hilux and two motorcycles. Two AK 47 rifles abandoned as the insurgents fled in disarray were also recovered by troops”.

Mr. Nwachukwu, a deputy director of army public relations added that the army has since intensified its operations which led to destruction of ten Boko Haram vehicles and killing of several Boko Haram fighters who suffered a deadly air bombardment.

“May I also inform you that just recently troops conducting the Operation Deep Punch 2, in an artillery bombardment destroyed 10 Boko Haram vehicles concealed under thick foliage near Garin Manoma,” he said.

“Several insurgents were equally killed in that bombardment. Recall also that 15 insurgents were killed by our troops when the insurgents attempted an assault at Yamteke, near Gwoza.

“An armoured fighting vehicle, one Gun truck and two cars laden with improvised explosive device were recovered in that encounter. Be assured that our troops are relentless and not resting on their oars despite these successes.”

The colonel explained that the nature of the insurgency made it a difficult one to prosecute, but that the military would emerge victorious.

“You must however also bear in mind that we are fighting terrorism and insurgency founded on perverted ideological indoctrination hence the remnants of the terrorists group strive to remain undaunted by carrying out isolated opportunistic rampages as they flee.

“This is apparently a far cry from those dark days. Our troops remain resolute and undeterred in ensuring that Boko Haram is finally brought to its knees,” he said.

The Boko Haram insurgency has caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009 with millions of others displaced, mainly in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states.


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  • Liberty

    Kudos to the military!
    Without prejudice to the wonderful efforts of the soldiers, I like to suggest that the security forces need to up their intelligence. A robust intelligence network should beable to pick these mines especially around habitations and villages; except the insurgents have popular support from the locals. These are my personal views, though.
    Mines shouldn’t be going off close to habitations nd villages killing soldiers ceaselessly.
    Unarmed informants nd conspirators should deserve no mercy, I think.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      Your views a sensible and patriotic, you owe no one apologies

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    May their soul rest in Peace. These soldiers should be buried with full military honour with Buhari himself for the first time appearing in military uniform to honour these galant soldiers that gave their lives for their country.

    Additionally, a substantial sum (better still, recovered sums from the thieving elite) needs to be set aside for the welfare of their families they left behind. This should apply to all officers; in the armed offices, Police, Immigration, Customs and Police force who may have died in the course of duty for their country. You may argue if this is wise for them to give up their lives in a land of wicked contrast where the likes of Maina, Saraki, multiple past and present serving governors, Ministers, Directors, Orji Kalu, David Mark, Diejani and hundreds of others, wickedly steal from our commonwealth, refuse to pay pensioners their rightful benefits worked all their lives only to die penniless and in penury. Nigeria must never give up on establishing a fair, safe and equitable society. People like these soldiers must be continually encouraged. Equity, egalitarian safety, Justice and more Justice need to be entrenched in this country for us to move forward.

    My condolences to their family and civil servants like Mr. Soje, who died hanging himself when he should have been joyous that his wife gave birth to triplets after 19 years of trying because his state Kogi failed to pay him his salary for 11 months, pay him for a job he had worked for.

    This Nigerian society must change. The animal world do better! Ask the ants or study their society if you disbelief!

    • Bola

      Well said, May we have a better Nigeria where those that wish the country well are not forgotten

      • Otile

        I resent all ye warmongers. See how you people are glamorizing war to please Mohamed Buhari who promised you victory. Do you know how many innocent people who lost their lives fighting for that victory he promised you?

        • The Optimist

          Precisely which side are you in this war? I usually respect your opinion very highly but you are creating some doubts.

  • kayode Olufade

    May the souls of the fallen soldiers rest in peace.

    • MilitaryPolice01


      • Otile

        Amen what? What are they fighting for?


      May the souls of unarmed Biafran youth extra-judicially mowed down by the bullets of wicked soldiers rest in peace….Amen

  • thusspokez

    Military sources had told this newspaper that the convoy of the Commanding Officer of 81 Battalion was ambushed by the Boko Haram along Damboa – Maiduguri road at about 12 noon on October 18.

    Just imagine how as little as $500 surveillance drone could have prevented many of these ambushing.

    Isn’t it time the Nigerian army started experimenting with drones in the North-East — starting with using them for surveillance before graduating to much bigger ones for killing.

    • Otile

      You are evil. Hear him “…before graduating to much bigger ones for killing.” Killing is always in your mind. Why not take up your dane gun and machete and kill a few Boko Haram Muslims let us see?

  • The Optimist

    This is very unfortunate. The curious thing is that the BH seems to be monitoring the military much more than our intelligence tracks them. Either insider traitors or BH spies all around Borno. The way things are, this war is not won yet. Until rural dwellers are able to go to their farms, no war is won. We need more of detective job to pre-emptively tackle these murderers.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Aside these, one must wonder if our military have trackers in vehicles that can be “taken” by Boko Haram terrs in the war theatre?

      It might yield a world of intelligence

  • Netanyahu

    No one seems to know what boko haram stands for. What are we fighting for? Nigeria has lost over 20b US dollars in prosecuting a needless war by awusa/foolani. It’s a calculated design to waste resources from the south (Niger delta). Mr. Onyema Nwachukwu, please be careful o. Life no get duplicate O. Don’t die for this contraption o. They have transferred you to the war center while they are here in the east doing python dance, extorting money from people on the highways and becoming rich. Please always use your number six o. Ka Chineke mezie okwu.

  • Igho D Amazing

    Boko Haram has be weakened n defeated! Where are the likes of liar Muhammed! Government based on lies and Propaganda!