One of the commanding officers of the Nigerian Army Strike Force Group, Lieutenant-Colonel AE Mamudu, has been reportedly killed by a vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Sambisa Forest.
Sahara Reporters, citing sources, said Lt Col Mamudu was killed on Thursday, March 1, along with a young naval officer while on patrol for Operation Deep Punch 11.
This is second time of his coming to northeast to serve, he was first posted to Borno in 2015, according to military sources.
Mamudu who is described a fearless fighter was posted to the northeast in 2017 from the Nigerian Army HQ department of training and operations (DATOPS).
The deceased officer was an indigene of Kogi state. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has graduated 95 former Boko Haram members after a rehabilitation programme, tagged Operation Safe Corridor, at a camp in Gombe.
Brigadier Bamidele Shafa, the coordinator of the programme, said the former Boko Haram terrorists would be taken back into the society after completely undergoing a 16-week training by some government agencies, Daily trust reports.
Shafa remarked that the 95 graduates went through training in many vocational skills like cosmetology, barbing and shoe making.
He stated that the clients would be further re-trained by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to improve on the different trades they learnt in their respective states of origin.
Colonel Moses Adetuyi, the camp commandant, informed newsmen that the programme was initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 for repented Boko Haram members who surrendered to the force.