The Borno State Government on Saturday donated N10 million to the family of the late Lt. Col. Abu Ali, who died while fighting the Boko Haram terrorists on November 4, 2016.
Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy to the Borno State Governor, Isa Gusau in a statement said that Governor Kashim Shettima had made the donation when he visited the widow of the late colonel in Kaduna State.
According to the statement, the Governor presented a N10 million cheque to Samira, the widow of fallen soldier and one of Nigeria’s bravest war hero. The late Col. Ali was killed in Malam-fatori, Abadam local government area of Borno on November 4, 2016.
The Lt.Col was commanding officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion until his death alongside some of soldiers under his command following an ambush by Boko Haram fighters. Gov. Shettima described the late officer as a hero who sacrificed his life for peace to reign not only in Borno but in the entire North East and the country at large.
Governor Shettima also interacted with the mother and children while special prayers were offered for the family by an Islamic scholar in the Governor’s entourage.
The Governor presented the N10m cheque issued in the name of the widow with an instruction that N2m is meant for the widow, N2m for the mother of the fallen officer while each of the three children get N2m to be kept in accounts that should be opened for them.
The late Abu Ali led military battles to recapture Monguno, Baga, New Marte, Bama, Gwoza, Banki Junction, Gamboru-Ngala, Yale, Yanteke, Bita, Deruwa, Daira Kangaruwa and Mallam Fatori, all in Borno State while his men rescued hundreds of children, men and women from Boko Haram captivity.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai had described him as of his best soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency which affected Borno State the most.