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. 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.