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Zulum donates house, N20m to Late Col. Bako’s family

NEWSMAN, Maiduguri – Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has announced a cash donation of N20 million and a house to the widow and children of Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako who was killed following a Boko Haram ambush on his vehicle on Sunday.

Nigerian Army revealed how Col DC Bako, commander of 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa, was killed in an ambush on Sunday.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, Ado Isa said Bako led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorits from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020.

Explaining further, he said, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment.

Colonel Bako, according to Isa, was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment, where he later died.

At the burial of the late gallant officer on Tuesday in Maiduguri, Governor Zulum while paying tributes to late Col. Bako said the loss is not just to the family of the late officer or the Army but also to the entire Borno state and Nigeria at large.

“Indeed it is a very sad moment, this is not a loss to the family of Late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako alone, not to the Nigerian Military, it is a loss to Borno and indeed Nigeria.”

“Col. Bako was a gallant and dogged military officer, under whose watch Damboa was never defeated. He is humble and committed in discharging his duties; he is part of the success recorded in degrading boko haram insurgency in Borno State.”

“He has been one of the greatest in trying to stabilize not only Borno but even the neighbouring Yobe State. We will remember his contributions forever, may almighty Allah reward him, and forgive him.”

“To his family may they bear this irreparable loss. To all the soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Military that lost their lives, may Almighty Allah reward and forgive them. The injured ones we pray for their quick recovery.”

“I am reliably informed that Col. Bako did not have a house of his own. We cannot ignore the family he left behind. We share their grief and nothing can equal his life. Nevertheless, I am pleased to announce that Borno State Government will build a befitting house for the family of late Col. Bako. I was also told that the Nigerian Army under the distinguished leadership of Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has offered a scholarship to his children, we will also support the family to compliment the efforts of the military.”

“For the welfare of his family, Borno State Government will release the sum of 20 million as support for them. A cheque to that effect will be ready later today or tomorrow morning” Zulum said.

Zulum described the Commander as one who inspired his troops and led them in the frontline with exceptional courage which was clearly out of pure patriotism.

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