Boko Haram kills newly promoted army officer, 9 others in Sambisa forest
- One of the newly promoted army officers, Lieutenant Medawa, has been killed by Boko Haram in Sambisa forest
- The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, had on Monday July 24 announced the promotion of 468 lieutenants to captain
- Nine other army officers were also killed in the battle with Boko Haram insurgents
A Nigerian Army Lieutenant, Medawa who would have become Captain on Thursday July 27, has been killed in Sambisa forest in the “clearance” operation declared days ago by the Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai.
Sahara Reporters reports that General Buratai gave his men 40 days to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive, a task that has not been accomplished in about seven years.
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Legit.ng gathered that the late Lt. Medawa, who was due to be decorated as Captain on Thursday July 27, served at the Brigade of Guards in Abuja before his posting to the war theater in Borno.
He was leading troops of the Nigerian Army 5 Brigade when his unit came under heavy artillery fire from the terrorists.
According to a military source, Medawa and nine other soldiers were killed in the ensuing battle, while several others are still missing.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, announced the promotion of a total of 468 lieutenants to captain.
Watch this Legit.ng video as the Nigerian Air Force recently decorated some officers: