Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s soldier son, Adeboye Obasanjo, was on Monday shot by fighters from the
Islamic fundamentalists’ group, Boko Haram, while he led a platoon of the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army, Jos, to Michika town in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Adamawa.
Adeboye, a Lieutenant colonel and an Army engineer, was reported to have sustained bullets to the leg during a combat between his platoon and the sect members at Bazza, near Michika, in Michika Local Government Area of the state. The platoon was bound to align with ground troops battling to recapture the beleaguered town seized by the insurgents last Sunday. It was reported that Boko Haram fighters waylaid the troops and engaged them in fierce gun battle. The younger Obasanjo was incidentally in the company of other top officer combatants including the GoC of the 3rd Division Major General JS Zaruwa and Colonel Victor Ebhaleme of the 23rd Army brigade in Yola. The federal troops were reported to have lost a tank to the terrorists, while its file was also depleted with killing of 24 soldiers by the insurgents.