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Lt. Gen. Buratai, Senator Ndume And Gov. Zulum Attends Col. Bako’s Funeral Prayers

Governor Zulum of Borno State donates a house, N20m to late Col. D. C. Bako’s widow, orphans

Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday announced a donation of a befitting house and 20 million Naira to the widow and orphans left behind by late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako who died from wounds sustained while battling boko haram. Insurgents ambushed the Commander’s troop on Sunday morning.

Col. Bako, described by Zulum as a fallen warrior, was Commander of 25 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole in charge of Damboa and surrounding axis in southern Borno. He died at a military hospital in Maiduguri on Monday.

Zulum, at the burial of the late Commander in Maiduguri on Tuesday, paid glowing tribute and announced house and cash donation to family of the deceased.

“Indeed it is a very sad moment, this is not a loss to the family of 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 dodged military officer, under whose watch Damboa was never defeated. He humble and committed in discharging his duties, he is part of the success recorded in degrading boko haram insurgency in Borno State.”

“He has been one of the greatest in trying to stabilize not only Borno but even the neighbouring Yobe State. We will remember his contributions forever, may almighty Allah reward him, and forgive him.”

“To his family may they bear this irreparable lost. To all the soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Military that lost their lives, may Almighty Allah reward and forgive them. The injured ones we pray for their quck recovery.”

“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 the military.”

“For the welfare of his family, Borno State Government will relase the sum of 20 million as support for them. A cheque to the effect will be ready later today or tomorrow morning” Zulum said.

The Governor had on Sunday night expressed sadness on the news of Bako’s demise.

Zulum described the Commander as one who inspired his troops and led them in the frontline with exceptional courage which was clearly our of pure patriotism.

He had also said the death of Bako and heroes like him shall not be in vain.

The Story: A Country With No Values

A British Lieutenant General Sir Fredrick Stanley Maude was tasked to conquer Baghdad In 1917.
Upon arrival to Iraq he came across a shepherd and his herd in a field, he asked his translator to offer a shilling to the shepherd and ask him to slaughter his dog.

A dog is very important companion to a shepherd. It warns him of all impeding dangers and guards the heard from wolves and thieves, but at that time, with a shilling one could buy half a herd…

The shepherd agreed to hee deal, grabbed his dog and slaughtered it at the feet of the General.

General Maude said to the shepherd; “I will give you an additional shilling to skin the dog!

The shepherd took the shilling and skinned the dog. Then the General offered the third shilling to cut the dog into quarters.

The shepherd took the shilling and chopped the dog. Now the shepherd told the General that for a fourth shilling, he would eat the dog, to which the General answered:

“I wanted to learn about your values in this country, and I discovered that you slaughtered, skinned and chopped your most trusted friend and companion for three shillings!

You are even ready to eat it for an additional one… That’s all I needed to learn about your country!”.

Then he addressed his soldiers and said,

“As long as this kind of mentality prevails in this country and you can buy anyone, don’t fear anything and no one!’ since that time and till our days, in that part of the world, officials have sold their countries, their people, their friends, their honor and their principles for a house in Europe and Bank Account in Switzerland, are you any different from that shepherd?

Are our shepherd’s in this country different from shepherds in Baghdad, Iraq and other parts of the corrupt and selfish world?

Let’s change the face of our Country.

Daily Watch Press, only relate this to you story because of its lessons and not for the source of it or its truthfulness.

Breaking: Nigeria Army Dismissed Major General Hakeem O. Otiki For Corruption

Breaking: Nigeria Army Dismissed Major General Hakeem O. Otiki For Corruption

The General Court Martial of the Nigerian Army has found Major Gen Hakeem Oladapo Otiki, who is due to retire this year, guilty on five counts and ordered his demotion and dismissal from the military with disgrace and dishonour.

General Otiki was General Officer Commanding (GOC), 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto in July 2019 when he sent five soldiers in his detail to haul some cash from Sokoto to Abuja via Kaduna before the money allegedly got missing.

The Court headed by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigeria Army, Lt. Gen Lamidi Adeosun found the Hakeem Otiki Guilty of disobedience to service orders, theft of public property, diverting operational money and engaging in private businesses.

The tribunal therefore, pronounced the following punishments: dismissal from service with disgrace and dishonour, reduction in rank from Major General to Brig General, and severe reprimand.

The Court also ordered that all monies totalling N135.8 Million, $6,600 recovered by the Special Investigation Bureau be returned to the coffers of the Nigerian Army. It ordered that another N150 Million stolen money which could not be accounted for, should also be returned to the coffers of the Nigerian Army.

All the sentences, however, are subject to approval by the Army Council.

In a final submission, the lead counsel to Major General Otiki, Barr. Israel Olorundare SAN pleaded for clemency and urged the Nigerian Army to temper justice with mercy.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria told the court that the accused senior officer had returned the sum of N100 Million which was stolen by the soldiers detailed to escort the money to Kaduna and that some of the projects for which the sum of N150 Million was released to General Otiki were either completed or about to be completed.

Bar. Olorundare told the court that the accused officer is the bread winner of his family.

The lawyer said: “A career built for 45 years is coming to an end on a very sad note. After the court pronouncements and sentences, the Senior Advocate said the Defence will make a representation to the appropriate convening authority to note that General Otiki is not the one that robbed the money and he was the one who reported the incident.

“Aside from this, he still sourced for the Money and returned it to the authorities. So, there is really need to take another look at the judgment.”

That General Otiki whose wife has cancer, is also extremely sick and was brought to the premises of the Court Martial on a wheelchair. The officer had lost his mother in July, 2019 when the incident of alleged missing money started.

Major General Hakeem Oladapo Otiki was appointed General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Nigerian Army, Sokoto, the Division in March 2019 and Force Commander of Operation SHARAN DAJI and Operation Harbin Kunama III. Before the appointment, he was the Commander Infantry Corps (CIC) in Jaji.

Daily Watch Press gathered that the accused officer was a contemporary of the President of the Court Martial and Chief of Operation of the Nigerian Army. General Otiki got into Nigerian Defence Academy on 10th January 1983 while Lt. General Adeosun got in on 4th July 1983.

Other members of the General Court Martial include; Major General A. Tarfa, Major General F. O Agbugor, Major General F.A. Nadu, Major General N. Mohammed, Major General C. T. Olukotu, and Major General C. C. Okonkwo.