The List Keep Increasing: Top Military Officers Killed By Unknown Gunmen

Nigeria is still dealing with a terror-infested environment. With their fatal attacks on people, unknown gunmen, bandits, armed herders, and Boko Haram terrorists are increasing instability across the country.

Though the Buhari administration and its security forces have frequently claimed victory and that the situation is under control, the situation appears to be worse as time passes.

Unknown gunmen, killer herdersmen, bandits, Boko Haram, and ISWAP terrorists combined to unleash unprecedented violence on Africa’s most populous nation last year, according to a report by the Institute for Economics and Peace titled “Global Peace Index 2021: Measuring Peace in a Complex World,” published in Sydney in June 2021.

Instructively, criminals have not confined their attacks on ordinary Nigerians; security personnel tasked with defending lives and property are also at risk. The brigands have targeted many security personnel, whether they are on the front lines or not.

Between January and June 2021, 183 Nigerian military soldiers were slain in the line of duty by bandits, hoodlums, gunmen, Boko Haram terrorists, cultists, and armed robbers, according to Daily Trust findings.

Worse still, assailants have killed senior military personnel at random.

Ng Times publishes a list of top military commanders who have been assassinated in mysterious circumstances while acting like ordinary citizens by unknown gunmen known as UGM.

Major-General Hassan Ahmed

On July 15, gunmen ambushed his car along the Abuja-Lokoja expressway, killing the former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army.

Mr Ahmed, like many other top officers, was assassinated in his car as he drove from Okene, Kogi State. During the event, his sister, Safina Ahmed, was also kidnapped.

On July 16, he was laid to rest in the Lungi Barracks Cemetery in Abuja, according to Islamic traditions.

Major MS Samaila

On July 4, the acting Commanding Officer of 196 Battalion, Major MS Samaila, was shot dead in Dundubus, Jigawa State, while on his way to Kano from Maiduguri with his orderly, Alisu Aliyu, a signal by the Nigerian Army had said.

At about 042330A Jul 21, One Maj MS Samaila, Acting Commanding Officer 196Bn on his way to Kano from Maiduguri with his orderly 20NA/79/4559 LCpl Alisu Aliyu were attacked by Armed Robbers at Dundubus,” the army stated.

Major J.F. London

In Zamfara State, a prominent military commander was murdered in an ambush set up for Nigerian soldiers at Janbako town in the state’s Maradun Local Government Area.

The assailants arrived in a Hilux truck and motorbikes handed to repentant bandits by Governor Bello Matawalle, according to the source.

During the incident, two additional troops were hurt, and the officers were claimed to be on their way to restore calm to Janboko after robbers attacked the town.

Colonel SB Onifade

According to military officials, the Nigerian Army colonel was seized by gunmen after racing into an ambush along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway last October.

Mr. Onifade, who was not wearing a military uniform, was taken while on a road trip at 3:00 a.m. on September 27. The officer was slain by his kidnappers a few days later, despite the payment of a N10 million ransom.

Major General Idris Alkali

Unknown gunmen assaulted a commercial complex in Lafande Community, on the outskirts of Jos city, in the Dura-Du District of Plateau State’s Jos South Local Government Area, on September 2, 2018.

Eleven individuals were murdered in the incident, while others were injured to varying degrees.

Mr Alkali was driving his black Toyota Corolla with the registration number KWARA MUN 670 AA from Abuja to Bauchi through Jos on the same day.

The senior officer was slain after being attacked.

Those who killed him split his stuff, including clothing, cash, phones, and laptop. His corpse was dragged before being relocated, and his automobile was driven and shoved into an abandoned building.

Colonel Mohammed Barack

In 2019, unidentified gunmen shot and killed the garrison commander of the Nigerian Army’s 33 Artillery Brigade in Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi.

When the late colonel and Kaduna native was shot, he was believed to be riding a motor cycle along Jos Road from Kaduna.

Major Yahaya Nasir Kabara, a spokeswoman for the 33 Artillery Brigade, verified the event.

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