A touching picture of the spot where lieutenant colonel Muhammad Abu Ali was ambushed and slain by Boko Haram operatives has surfaced online amidst national mourning by Nigerians.
The building as seen in the disturbing photo was ridden with bullets and other weapons of destruction that must have been employed in the hot battle between the insurgents and Nigerian soldiers.
The picture was shared on Facebook by one Comrade Adamu Yakubu. Abu, commanding officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, died at about 10.00pm on Friday when suspected insurgents attacked the 119 Battalion Nigerian army location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno state.
He was described as the nightmare of the Boko Haram sect who played a massive role in the recapture of Baga from Boko Haram which led to his accelerated promotion from a major to the post of lieutenant colonel.
How it went down yesterday•• sorry can't post pictures of deceased due to security reasons. pic.twitter.com/Vth7mcnUSO— @HardyInjure (@ayoadebayo4) November 5, 2016
We fought as if everything Depends on us•• But Prayed as if everything depends on GOD•• Victory at last• pic.twitter.com/8xz7iPsKj8— @HardyInjure (@ayoadebayo4) November 5, 2016
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