Muhammad Abu Ali

Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali (August 15, 1980 – November 4, 2016) was Nigerian Army officer who Commanded the Army's 272 Tank Battalion. He was killed in an ambush by Boko Haram in Fatori, Borno State.[1]

Mohammed Abu Ali
Nickname(s)BK killer, Giwan maza
Born(1985-08-15)15 August 1985
Kogi State, Nigeria
Died4 October 2016(2016-10-04) (aged 31)
Mallam Fatori, Abadam, Borno State, Nigeria
AllegianceNigerian Army
Service/branchFlag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Years of service2003-2016
RankLieutenant Colonel
Commands heldArmy's 272 Tank Battalion


Early life and educationEdit

Ali graduated from Command Secondary School, Jos Plateau State Nigeria, in 1997 and was admitted to the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1998 as a member of the 50th Regular Course. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Nigerian Army Armour Corps in September 2003.[2] His father is Brig-Gen Abu Ali, now the Etsu of Bassa-Nge Kingdom in Kogi State).[3]


He participated in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), United Missions in Darfur (UNMO), and received an accelerated promotion from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel, receiving a gallantry award by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai in September 2015.[2]

Chief of Army Staff award for exceptional braveryEdit

Ali received the Chief of Army Staff award in Gamboru for exceptional bravery from Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai on September 9, 2015 for his role in the fight against Boko Haram.[4]


Lt Col Abu Ali along with 6 other soldiers were ambushed and killed by Boko Haram on November 4, 2016. He was buried on November 7, 2016 at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.[5]


  1. ^ Akinrujomu, Akinyemi. "Pres. Buhari salutes late Army commander Lt. Col. Abu Ali". Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ahmadu-Suka, Maryam. "Abu Ali: Family recounts life of gallant hero". Daily Trust. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Bauchi State Governor, Muhammed Abubakar Pays Condolence Visit To Lt.Col Muhammed Ali's Family". Daily Nigeria News. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  4. ^ Yusuf, Omotayo. "Muhammad Abu Ali received decoration from Buratai". Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  5. ^ Erunke & Omonobi. "Lt Col Abu Ali". Vanguard. Retrieved 25 December 2016.