By Augustine Osayande, PhD
The Nigerian Army on Monday confirmed the death of its commander of 25 Task Force Brigade, Col DC Bako.
In a statement, deputy director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Col. Ado Isa, said Col Bako, who was wounded in action after he led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorits from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa and his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020, died on Monday morning after saying his prayers at the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment, Borno State.
“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 Terrorits from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10am 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 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. Ameen,” the statement read.
Col. Isa said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well-meaning Nigerians express his heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family.
“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. 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 farther land,” he added.