Borno State Governor, Mr Babagana Zulum, has described the late Colonel Dahiru Bako, who died from wounds sustained while battling Boko Haram terrorists, as a “gallant and dogged soldier” who contributed to the degrading of Boko Haram insurgency in the state. To appreciate the efforts of the dead soldier, the governor donated a house and N20 million to the widow and children.
The governor made the announcement during the burial of the late Bako in Maiduguri on Tuesday.
In a statement titled ‘Borno Governor, Zulum donates house, N20m to late Col. D. C. Bako’s widow, orphans’, Zulum paid a glowing tribute to the deceased.
Bako, described by the governor as a fallen warrior, was the Commander of 25 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole in charge of Damboa and the surrounding axis in southern Borno.
Zulum added, “Indeed, it is a very sad moment, this is not a loss to the family of the late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako alone, not to the Nigerian Military, it is a loss to Borno and indeed Nigeria.
“Col. Bako was a gallant and dogged military officer, under whose watch Damboa was never defeated. He is humble and committed to discharging his duties, he is part of the success recorded in degrading Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State.
“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 complement the efforts of the military.
“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.”