Nigerian Army Killed Col. Ibrahim Sakaba For Refusing To Loot Funds For Boko Haram War — Widow

Oluwaseun, the widow of lieutenant-colonel Ibrahim Sakaba, has accused the Nigerian Army of killing her husband because he “refused to be part of their conspiracies” to loot cash meant to fight Boko Haram.

Her statement came after the army announced that 1,081 Boko Haram fighters had surrendered in Bama on Monday.

The surrendered terrorists were seen holding posters that read “Nigerians, please forgive us,” “surrender and live,” and “surrender and be free,” among other things, in photos released on the army’s social media page.

Ms Sakaba claimed that the army was responsible for the loss of her husband, who was supposed to have perished during a Boko Haram raid on a battalion in Borno, while uploading images of the surrendered rebels on her Instagram page.

“I should forgive them for making many women widows and kids fatherless. I should forgive them for (your failure to pay) my late husband dues! I should forgive them for all their atrocities done to my family,” she wrote. “You shot my husband dead in his office that you pretended to be a friendly force just because he refused (sic) to be part of your plots. Time for dragging now.”

Lambasting the army’s statement, Ms Sakaba said, “You are complete assh*les to even have the intermediary to post this on your page! Like you kidding me … all the pains families and loved ones have suffered we (sic) be on your head… you nitwits… all the blood of soldiers we ask you all.”

When reached for further clarifications on her claims, Mr Sakaba’s widow told Peoples Gazette that she would not be “spilling” more details at the moment.

Also, the spokesperson for the army, Onyema Nwachukwu, did not immediately return The Gazette’s request seeking comments on the allegation.

Mr Sakaba died alongside 117 other soldiers in November 2018, after Boko Haram insurgents attacked a Nigerian Army battalion in Borno State.

After the demise of the colonel and other soldiers, the army did not immediately make a formal announcement of their death.

On November 24, 2018, his wife took to her Instagram page to write, “been Sunday I have not heard anything about my husband if he’s dead or alive. I am giving u people Monday to get back to me or face me.”

A top military officer who was familiar with the late colonel had at that time told Premium Times that Mr Sakaba “had sometimes ago refused to advance for an operation due to unserviceable and lack of equipment but was threatened with court martial.”

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