The growing casualty of officers felled by Boko Haram grew on Monday evening as Lieutenant Colonel Otos Umusu, the Commanding Officer, 118 Task Force Battalion in Borno State, was killed alongside his security details, by an Improvised Explosive Device in an ambush.
The officer and his men were returning from Maiduguri to their location towards Baga when the incident happened between Sari and Gudumbali, military sources said as quoted by Premium Times.
Before the latest incident, four lieutenant colonels; Lt. Col K Yusuf (October 16, 2016), Lt. Col Abu Ali (November 4, 2016), Lt. Col B. U. Umar (November 15, 2016) were all killedin combat against the insurgents.
Also, Lt. Col K Yusuf have been declared missing in action (MIA) and the army is still searching for him.
A childhood friend, Funsho Yusuf, said on Facebook, “I have known Lt Col Otos Umusu since the age of 11. He has always been a courageous and highly resolute man. We have been good friends for over 25 years. Otos as he is fondly called was responsible for channeling supplies to our troops in the frontlines for a few years.
“He was promoted last year and became a commanding officer of one of the units combating insurgency in North-East Nigeria. I interacted with Otos two nights ago till around 3am on Saturday. I remembered him throwing a jibe at me for not visiting his more volatile location in Madagali during my recent tour of the North East.
“He also raised his observation on the fight against insurgency being intensified in the media rather than on ground. I looked into his eyes with sympathy as I appreciated his selfless sacrifice and those of our other troops who are fighting with limited resources.
“To be honest, I usually pray in my heart we see again whenever I parted ways with anyone serving in North-East Nigeria. I was heartbroken to hear about your passing this morning. You are a hero and should never be forgotten,I pray to God almighty to give your family the fortitude to bear your loss. You shall certainly rest in peace my Colonel.”