The Borno State Government has donated N10 million to the family of the late Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-Ali, who died fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the state on Nov. 4.
Gov. Kashim Shettima made the donation when he visited the widow of the deceased in Kaduna.
Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to Shettima on Communication and Strategy, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri.
According to the statement, the Borno State Governor presented a N10 million cheque to Samira, the widow of fallen soldier and one of Nigeria’s bravest war hero.
The late Ali was killed in Malam-fatori, headquarters of Abadam local government area of Borno on Nov. 4.
Shettima described the late officer as a hero who sacrificed his life for peace to reign not only in Borno but in the entire North East and the country at large.
He prayed for the repose of his soul and for the family to bear the irreparable loss.
Shettima also took time to interact with the mother of the late officer as well as his children, assuring them that the deceased sacrifices would not be in vain.
Late Lt.-Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali, Seargents Muazu Ibrahim, Bassey Okon, Hussani Jafaru, Cpl. Chukwu Simon, Private Salisu Lawal and Seaman Patrick Paul were killed in an ambush.
They died when the terrorists attempted to seize Mallam Fatori on Nov. 4 in an attack.
The soldiers were inducted into the Operation Lafiya Dole in 2014, designed to fight the Boko Haram insurgents and liberate the North-East from their hold.
“They were brave, precise, professional and inspiring.
They led the battle to recapture the following towns: Monguno, Baga, new Marte, Bama, Gwoza, Banki Junction, Gamboru-Ngala, Yale, Yanteke, Bita, Deruwa, Daira Kangaruwa and Mallam Fatori.
“In these battles, they rescued children and women, fathers and mothers, the young and the old and restored peace and hope to Nigerian citizens.
At last, on Nov. 4, they paid the supreme sacrifice in the battle of Mallam Fatori,’’ Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Buratai said.