A newlywed Nigerian soldier, Abdullahi Bhuwa Usman, has been killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.
According to report, Usman was among soldiers killed when the insurgents engaged the Nigerian military in a four-hour battle to take control of Dikwa.
The attack happened a few hours after Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai handed over to Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as the Chief of Army Staff.
The gunbattle started at around 6:00 pm and lasted till about 10:00 pm. It claimed many casualties, including Usman.
“I received the news of Usman’s death with deep shock. He just got married on December 27, 2020. I attended the wedding here in Lagos.
“Though he wasn’t in attendance physically because he was on duty, his family members and friends were all here and left with the wife to Borno State that same day.
“I still spoke with him last week and told him to take care of his wife; it’s just so sad. He was so jovial and caring,” a family member of the deceased told SaharaReporters.
It would also be recalled that Boko Haram sect invaded Chabal and some communities of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State and killed two policemen, while two others policemen were abducted.
The terrorists also in an ambush seized two patrol Vehicles and set ablaze another one along Maiduguri-Chabal- Magumeri 35km Road north of the state capital.
The unfortunate incident occurred on the day all the newly appointed Service Chiefs paid their first on the spot assessment of the security situation in Maiduguri.