Gallant Army Officer, Soldiers Buried in Borno

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has on Tuesday, the 14th of May, 2019 emphatically stated that Nigerian Army personnel, under his leadership, despite occasional hitches, – will never be deterred in the ongoing just war against terrorism in Nigeria.

General Buratai stated this at the Maimalari Military Cantonment Cemetery, Maiduguri Borno State while laying to rest the remains of the patriotic officer and two soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice while on clearance operations along Mauli-Borgozo axis on Monday, the 13th of May, 2019.

The late Lieutenant Colonel Yusuf Ibrahim Aminu was the Commanding Officer (CO), of 154 Task Force Battalion Borgozo. He was on a clearance operation along Mauli- Borgozo when his vehicle climbed on a buried Improvised Explosive Device which detonated resulting in losing his life and that of 2 other soldiers while others were wounded in action.

Commiserating with the family of the deceased, the COAS used the opportunity to again commend the efforts of the entire troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the war on terror and charged them to remain steadfast, more committed and professional for the sake of Nigeria.

The sacrifices of all the deceased officers and soldiers of the NA is no doubt painful to all, but that will further ginger the serving gallant troops to do more to ensure that the nation remains secure and peaceful.

Present at the solemn occasion were the Chief of Training and Operations ‘Army’, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Theatre Commander OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, Corp Commander Engineers, Major General John Malu, Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brig Gen Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, Corps Commander Supply and Transport, Major General Victor Offiong, Principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Theatre Command and HQ 7 Division amongst others.

Acting Director Army Public Relations


The 32 Artillery Brigade Nigerian Army in collaboration with the National Institute for Cultural Orientation has held its inauguration ceremony for the maiden edition of the Nigerian Indigenous language programme geared towards making officers and soldiers proficient in the 3 indigenous languages of Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa.

With this feat, the Brigade has keyed into the policy directive of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai, which is – all formations and units of the Nigerian Army are to commence teaching of the 3 major Nigerian languages to officers and soldiers.This is due to the current engagement of Nigerian Army in various internal security operations which require troops to effectively communicate with the locals to foster cordial civil military cooperation and intelligence gathering.

In his remarks to kick start the training, the commander 32 Artillery Brigade Brigadier General Zakari Logun Abubakar stressed the importance of the programme to the personnel of the Brigade. According to him “proficiency in these languages will enhance the performance of personnel in the conduct of operations as it will improve their ability to communicate and integrate effectively with the local communities”.
He thanked the COAS for his strategic direction and unwavering support to the Brigade, and the General Officer Commanding(GOC) 2 Division Maj Gen Fidelis Azinta for his support for the programme. He also thanked the zonal coordinator National Institute for Cultural Orientation Mr James Imohiosen for collaborating with the Brigade to achieve the COAS policy directive.

Highlight of the occasion was the commissioning of the renovated and equipped lecture rooms by the GOC 2 Division represented by the Commander 2 Division Ordinance Services Brigadier General AJ Aliyu.

Other dignitaries at the occasion were the State Director, National Orientation Agency Mr Bode Famose, Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Education Rev Akinkugbe Asaniyan, General Manager Nigerian Television Authority Akure Mr Segun Ojelade, State Coordinator National Youth Service Corps Mrs Grace Akpabio and heads of security agencies in Ondo State.

Victor Olukoya
Assistant Director Public Relations
32 Artillery Brigade


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