Zulum Donates House, N20m To Col. Bako’s Widow, Orphans
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, has donated a house and N20
million to the widow and orphans of late Col. Dahiru Bako ambushed in
Boko Haram counter-insurgency operation in Borno.
Boko was commander of 25 Task Force Brigade, Operation Lafiya Dole,
while battling with terrorists and sustain injuries last Sunday in
Damboa axis of Sambisa Forest.
He died at a military hospital in Maiduguri on Monday.
Zulum, at the burial of late Commander in Maiduguri on Tuesday, paid
glowing tribute and announced house and cash donation to the family of
His words: “Today (Monday) is a very sad moment. This is not a loss to
the family of Late Col. Bako alone, not to the Nigerian Military, it
is a loss to Borno and indeed Nigeria.
“Col. Bako was a gallant and dodged military officer, under whose
watch Damboa was never defeated. He was humble and committed in
discharging his duties, he is part of the success recorded in
degrading boko haram insurgency in Borno State.”
He eulogized fallen hero as “one of the greatest in trying to
stabilize not only Borno but even the neighbouring Yobe State,”
stressing that he will be remembered for his contributions forever.
He prayed for Bako’s family and for the soldiers and officers that
lost their lives as well as for those that are injured.
On donated houses and cash, he said: “I am reliably informed that Col.
Bako did not have a house of his own. We cannot ignore the family he
left behind. We share their grief and nothing can equal his life.
“Nevertheless, I am pleased to announce that Borno State Government
will build a befitting house for the family of late Col. Bako. I was
also told that the Nigerian Army under the distinguished leadership of
Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has offered a scholarship to his
children, we will also support the family to compliment the efforts of
“For the welfare of his family, Borno State Government will release
the sum of N20 million as support for them. A cheque to the effect
will be ready later today or tomorrow morning,” Zulum said
He also described the Commander as one who inspired his troops and led
them in the frontline with exceptional courage which was clearly out
of pure patriotism.
“The death of Bako and heroes like him shall not be in vain,” he declared.