The Nigerian Army, on Monday, was again depleted of its officer cadre, following the killing of Lieutenant-Colonel O. Umusu by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by Boko Haram terrorists. Lieutenant-Colonel Umusu, Commanding Officer 118 Task Force Battalion, was killed following injuries sustained when the vehicle in which he and his adjutant were traveling ran into landmines buried in the road after Zare, just before Damasak, on their way to Gudumbali, Borno State.
The Commanding Officer died while being evacuated to Maiduguri for expert medical management.
SaharaReporters gathered that other vehicles successfully drove through the same road until the IED was detonated when it was the turn of his vehicle. Lieutenant-Colonel Umusu’s death makes him the fourth officer to be killed by Boko Haram in the last two months. In October, the violent sect killed Lieutenant-Colonel K Yusuf. In November, it accounted for the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Abu Ali and Colonel B.U. Umar.