By | Charles Nwoke
Nigeria News Correspondent | Republic Underground
September 22, 2020
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A member of the Nigerian Army identified as Colonel Dahiru Bako has been reported dead.
Colonel Dahiru Bako died on Monday 21st September from injuries sustained during the face-off when his team encountered a prolonged ambush laid by the Boko Haram splinter faction recognized as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The Nigeria Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, spokesman, Ado Isa, in a recent press statement, confirmed the death, saying that the colonel who was attacked by Boko Haram died in a military hospital where he was receiving treatment after the ambush until he passed on to the great beyond.
The statement reads as follows:
“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 Terrorists 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 a 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. Amen.
“The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians hereby express his heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family. We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the motherland. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our fatherland.”
Colonel Dahiru Bako until his death was the commander of 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa.
Bako was an Army officer who knew his work, and was widely respected by soldiers for his bravery leading troops in the frontline, including in battles in the dreaded Alagarno forest.