List Of Nigerian Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram

The Boko Haram sect has continued its deadly campaign despite the Nigerian government’s efforts and claims that the war was nearing its last days.

The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed tens of thousands of lives of both civilians and miliatry, since 2009. Hundreds of soldiers have also been killed since Boko Haram began focusing on military bases in July 2018, casualties that included at least six senior officers and commanders.

Below is a list containing the names of some Nigerian soldiers killed By Boko Haram.

NOTE:  unverified killings not included except where indicated.

  • Lt. Col. M. Abu-ali
  • Sgt. Muazu Ibrahim
  • Sgt. Bassey Okon
  • Cpl. Chukwu Simon
  • Able Seaman Patrick Paul (Nigerian Navy)
  • Pte Salisu Lawal
  • Lieutenant Shitu Kyom Leo
  • Captain Kenneth Onubah
  • Lance Corporal David Usman
  • Major Samuel Jega Kanady Dalaky
  • Captain Kenneth Onubah
  • Captain Benjamin Toyiring Sule
  • Corporal Duke Ebosele
  • Flight Lieutenant Onyeka Nwakile (Nigerian Air Force)
  • Captain Musa Aliu
  • Wing Commander Chimda Hedima
  • Obinna Izuala
  • Lieutenant Mayowa Areago
  • Captain Ayo Oloruntoba
  • Captain Sani Daura Salisu
  • Major Solomon Kabiru Umaru
  • Francis Ifeanyi Franklin
  • Badiru Sikiru
  • Lieutenant Gaius Garba
  • Gallant Lt. LB Dashe Lirfa
  • Gallant Captain Emeka
  • Lt Col Ibrahim Sakaba
  • Chukwudi Nwodi

Col. Kinsgsley E. Elemele was killed alongside five other gallant soldiers in an ambush by Boko Haram in Borno state on Wednesday 17th July 2019. The rebels attacked them around 16:20 GMT, near Jakana, 30km from the state capital Maiduguri

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Captain Kabiru Hamza Kura (Simo), platoon commander, Metele,Bama Maiduguri, lost his life during Boko Haram attack on December 2018.

The List Of Nigerian Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram continues below….

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He was killed in early July 2014. The late Leo was set to marry on the 20th of August, 2014 in Kaduna, his state of origin. Reportedly a former student of ECWA Staff School in Jos, Plateau State, he left the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria when he was a 2nd year student of history to attend the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).SK Leo was due to be married to Angela Gaiya on the 30th of August. His burial was on the 17th July, 2014.

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He was from Ifite-Oraifite in Anambra State. He was killed in an ambush by Boko Haram in May 2014.


Usman was killed on the 18th of May, 2013 by Boko Haram at the Nigeria-Chad border. On the 8th of June, 2014, his mother, 55-year-old Mrs. Sarai Usman cried out that the Nigerian Federal Government has neglected them. The late Usman was aged 37 when he was killed and he left two children and a wife as at the time he was killed. The first child was aged three while the second one was six months. His wife was six months pregnant and he never saw his son before Boko Haram killed him.


The late Major Dalaky was killed in April 2013 in Yobe State. Popularly known as Major Dalaky amongst his friends and colleagues, he hailed from Gombe State. An old boy of the Nigerian Military School, NMS, Zaria, he was a member of the 50th Regular Course at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna State. He was survived by two children and his wife. His family spoke out against any amnesty offer to the Boko Haram terrorists.


He was killed on Tuesday, the 13th of May, 2014. Boko Haram ambushed the late Oluwafemi with his troops around the Chibok area where they had gone to search for and rescue the abducted Chibok girls. Following his death, the news got to the military camp and reportedly led to a mutiny by some soldiers of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army against the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major-General Abubakar Mohammed who was then redeployed. Lt. Odushina Oluwafemi was an old student of the Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos State. He served with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces in Darfur and later went to Pakistan for an additional training course. In March 2014, he was deployed to Maiduguri where he was killed defending the nation’s integrity.

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He was killed on the 4th of August, 2014 while in the line of duty during an ambush by Boko Haram in Bama, Borno State. He married his bride in November 2013 and was posted to Borno in May 2014. Sule is survived by parents, siblings and his wife.


Ebosele was killed on Sunday, 3rd of August 2014 while fighting Boko Haram terrorists. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and three boys.


Nwakile died in July 2014 when a Mi-35 helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force crashed in Bama, Borno State. The Nigerian military said the chopper was on a training mission. Nwakile was the only one who died in the crash while Flight Lieutenant NM Halilu, the co-pilot, and Warrant Officer Augustine Nwanonenyi, the aircraft technician, survived.


He was killed in August 2014 By Boko Haram


He was beheaded by Boko Haram after his aircraft crashed.


23-year-old Obinna Izuala was killed in Borno on the 25th of September, 2014 during a shootout with Boko Haram in Konduga. Reportedly, no government official was present at his burial and he was not given a military burial with the full honours. He was a native of Ndiagbo in Enugu State.

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He was killed on the 9th of November, 2014 while he was retreating from a mission to combat Boko Haram. He reportedly graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy in 2012 and was immediately deployed to the north to fight Boko Haram.

Lt Mayowa Areago Lt Mayowa Areago


A native of Ilorin, Kwara State, Oloruntoba was killed in an ambush in Adamawa State in December 2014.


He was killed near Hong, Adamawa State by a suicide bomber in December 2014.


He was killed on Wednesday, 17th December, 2014 during a battle with Boko Haram in Adamawa. He had recently been posted to the battlefront and he announced to his friends that he was ready for whatever outcome.

Chukwudi Nwodi,    the Army wrote:

“With utmost sadness we report the death of gallant soldier Chukwudi Nwodi from Etche, Rivers State; he died alongside other soldiers in a Boko Haram Terrorists ambush.

“According to his family, Chukwudi was a strong supporter of Liverpool FC. He invented the word “wotowoto” which means “Annihilation”, “Drubbing”, “Massacre” and used popularly in Chinda family compound, Rumuokwuta and beyond by football lovers to narrate how a team was annihilated, drubbed or massacred in a match! “Chukwudi joined the Nigerian Army a year and few months back.

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Francis Ifeanyi Franklin
The Army wrote:
“Gallant Soldier Francis Ifeanyi Franklin who was declared missing by family after the ambush by Boko Haram, have been confirmed dead.

Mopol Badiru Sikiru
Gallant Mopol Badiru sikiru died July 2018 while defending his fatherland in Jata village before Maiduguri Town alongside three soldiers and one other Mopol. They were killed by Boko Haram in an attack.

Lieutenant Gaius Garba
Army wrote:
“With sadness we announce the death of gallant Lieutenant Gaius Garba, one of the soldiers killed by Boko Haram last week in an ambush.
“He left behind a daughter and a pregnant Wife.
“May God grant his wife, daughter and family the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Emmanuel Obinna Onuo

Obinna Onuoha is one of the soldiers shot by Boko Haram. He, however, died due to lack of proper medical care, haven suffered gun shots from the jilli attack at the Borno border, ElombahNews gathered.
According to Army reports, he called his wife on Monday that he might not make it but by the time she got to Maiduguri, he had died.
Soldier Emmanuel Obinna Onuoha hails from Amike, Orlu LGA of Imo State.
He was born on the 28th January 1988 and was killed in a Boko Haram ambush in Bornu state.
Emmanuel only got married just one year ago to his lovely wife.

The Army wrote:
“We use this medium to send our condolence to his family, lovely wife, friends and lived ones, we pray the almighty God grant them the fortitude to bear this great loss.

“His sacrifice will never be in vain.

“May his Gallant soul rest in peace.”

Lt. Nelson Ernest Chidozie

Lt. Nelson Ernest Chidozie is one of the gallant soldiers killed by Boko Haram at Jilli, Yobe state while defending the country.

His wedding was supposed to take place by September, the news of Nelson’s death practically broke the fiances “Miriam” down.

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