Boko Haram: the army avoids Colonel Suleiman who arrested 377 terrorists and prevented the attack on the Presidential Villa
The Nigerian army has yet to reinstate Colonel Auwal Suleiman despite a court ruling.
The sniper coordinated the arrest of no less than 377 Boko Haram terrorists in 2009.
Suleiman is the mastermind behind the creation of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), the corps of volunteers fighting terrorists alongside government forces.
He was one of 38 army officers automatically retired by the army in June 2016 without request or indictment for any offense.
DAILY POST released the full list of ousted staff in June 2020.
Suleiman was in a strategic military post as defense attachÃ© in the Republic of Chad when he received an SMS announcing his retirement.
In February 2020, Judge Sanusi Kado of the Abuja National Labor Court ordered the Army Council to reinstate him.
The judge rejected the council’s explanation that Suleiman was retired due to “exceeding 18 years of service”.
Judge Kado told the military there was no evidence to support the claim or justify the dismissal.
An officer told PRNigeria that Suleiman had proposed the use of hunters and vigilantes to fight Boko Haram, an initiative that gave birth to the notorious CJTF in Borno state.
âHe led a joint intelligence task force including other security agencies to uncover Boko Haram camps in the north.
âHis prowess as a spy played a major role in the discovery of a Boko Haram cell in the presidential villa before the terrorists struck. The culprits have been arrested.
âThe mastermind of the planned attack was a police sergeant identified as Babagana. He was arrested, âthe source revealed.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, director of army public relations, did not take phone calls as at time of going to press.
Suleiman carried out successful raids against Boko Haram, arrested / eliminated several commanders and fighters.
The Nigerian military and intelligence services have relied on his bravery and experience in counterterrorism operations.
Suleiman served as Deputy Chief of Operations for the United Nations Mission in Darfur in 2011, and Deputy Defense Adviser to the Nigerian Embassy in Washington in 2012.
Suleman also played a key role in the arrest and prosecution of pioneer Boko Haram spokesperson Umar Sanda Konduga, a Chadian arms supplier Bana Fannaye, among others.
While deployed to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) in Jaji as a senior staff member, he was recruited to help locate Adam Kambar, a terrorist whom the United States has declared wanted. .
Suleiman faced operational risks and ambushes, including an attack in which insurgents shot at his left leg.
He escaped assassination attempts in Bauchi and Borno. On at least two occasions, terrorists using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) buried on roads have detonated, injuring soldiers.
Suleiman, a member of the NDA 42 Regular Combatant Course, was commissioned in September 1995 and promoted to colonel on August 17, 2013.
The valiant officer won the Chief of Staff of the Army praise award and received a national honor – member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).