8th September, 2014
Adeoye Obasanjo, son of former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been shot in Mubi by members of Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
Obasanjo, an army engineer and a Lieutenant Colonel at the 3rd Division in Jos, Plateau state was attacked by Boko Haram militants today.
According to SaharaReporters, Boko Haram attacked a platoon led by Obasanjo and he was shot in the process. 24 soldiers in the platoon were reportedly killed by the militants. Obasanjo, however, sustained serious injuries to his legs and is being transported to the hospital at the time of this report.
He and his platoon were engaged with Boko Haram militants at Baza, which is the village of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 3rd division when the incident took place.
The Lieutenant Agwu of the 234 battalion, GOC of the 3rd Division, Major Gen JS Zaruwa and Colonel Victor Ebhaleme who serves as the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Army brigade in Yola were all together advancing towards Michika when Boko Haram fighters unleashed the deadly attack on the troops.
Apart from the dead soldiers, the army also lost an armored tank to the militants. As a result of the attack, the army has moved sensitive weapons from Mubi to the Brigade headquarters in Yola leaving Mubi vulnerable to attack.
The town of Mubi has practically been deserted following the closure of schools and massive retreat of soldiers from the city.
Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo is presently in Singapore according to family sources.