Late Lt – Col  A.H Ali, (Commander of Troops Slain in Delta): Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Education, Children, Death

Late Lt - Col  A.H Ali, (Commander of Troops Slain in Delta): Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Education, Children, Death
March 29, 2024

Biography of Late Lieutenant Colonel A.H Ali

Early Life and Education

Late Lieutenant Colonel Abdullahi Hassan Ali was born on May 18, 1975, in FAGGE, Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State, in the Northwestern region of Nigeria.

Educational Background:

He attended Kuker Special Primary School in Fagge Local Government Area for his primary education. Later, he pursued his secondary education at Government Senior Grammar School in Gwarzo, Gwarzo Local Government. He furthered his studies at the College of Art and Remedial Studies in Kano before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Usman Danfolio University Sokoto.

Professional Career

Late Lieutenant Colonel Ali was enlisted in the Nigerian Army on October 2nd, 1996. He was granted a short service combatant commission on December 17, 2005, and later commissioned as a member of Short Service Course 34 with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He converted to regular combatant effective November 24th, 2010, and rose to Lieutenant Colonel on November 17th, 2020.

Courses Attended:

  • The late senior officer attended several courses throughout his career, performing creditably in each.
  • Some of the courses he participated in include the Young Officers’ Course (Infantry), Anti-tank Platoon Commanders’ Course, African Contingency Operations Training Assistance Command and Staff Training Course, Junior Course (Pakistan), Company Commanders’ Course (Infantry), Senior Course, Basic Computer Course, and Combine Arms Tactics Course (United Kingdom).
  • During his Young Officers’ Course (Infantry), he earned admiration for his confident demeanor and impeccable appearance, with both his written and oral submissions being well-received.
  • In the Anti-tank Platoon Commanders’ Course, he demonstrated enthusiasm and maintained excellent physical fitness, earning praise for his leadership qualities when appointed course leader.
  • Throughout his Junior Course, he was described as mature, hardworking, and disciplined, showcasing his commitment to his duties.
  • He displayed intelligence and a consistent quest for learning, expressing his opinions with logic and conviction while maintaining balance under stressful conditions.
  • During his Senior Course, he was respected for his commitment to work and his confident demeanor.
  • He was recognized as a team player, contributing relevant insights and experiences during group discussions and exercises, particularly in Operations in the North East of Nigeria.

Combat Experience:

During his military career, Late Lieutenant Colonel Ah Ali participated in various military operations both within and outside Nigeria. He played a crucial role in the retaking of communities seized by terrorists in Borno state, demonstrating his dedication to safeguarding his country against threats.

Position Held

Late Lieutenant Colonel Abdullahi Hassan Ali held numerous command, staff, and instructional positions throughout his military career, showcasing exceptional dedication and leadership. Some of these positions include:

  • Platoon Commander, SE Division Garrison
  • Officer Commanding, Defence Company, Nigerian Battalion, African-Led International Support Mission to Mali
  • Nigerian Battalion 7, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur
  • Instructor, Depot Nigerian Army
  • Company Second-in-Command, 5S Battalion
  • Commanding Officer, 195 Battalion (Rear)
  • Officer Commanding, Special Intervention Battalion 2
  • Operations Officer, 333 Artillery Regiment under Operation ZAMAN LAFIYA
  • Staff Officer Grade 2 Operations/Officer Commanding, 134 Special Forces Battalion
  • Acting Commanding Officer, 198 Special Forces Battalion
  • Commanding Officer, 198 Special Forces Battalion
  • Commander, 63 Brigade Garrison
  • Commanding Officer, 181 Amphibious Battalion

Throughout his various roles, he demonstrated courage, dedication, and professionalism, contributing significantly to the success of numerous operations and earning accolades for his exceptional service.


For his outstanding dedication and service to the nation, he was honored with the following awards and distinctions:

  • Member of the Order of the Niger (MON
  • Command Medal
  •  General Operations Medal
  •  Centenary Medal
  •  Forces Service Star
  •  Passed Staff Course
  •  Golden Jubilee Medal

Personal Life

Late Lieutenant Colonel A.H Ali was not only a dedicated soldier but also a loving father to his children, a devoted husband to his wife, and a caring son to his aging mother. His commitment to his family and his country exemplified his character and honor as a military officer.


Late Lieutenant Colonel A.H Ali tragically lost his life while serving as the Commanding Officer of the 181 Amphibious Battalion, Nigerian Army, stationed in Delta State. He was ambushed along with his men while on a peacekeeping mission between warring communities. The attack led to his death, along with two majors, one captain, and 12 soldiers. The nation mourns the loss of these brave soldiers and stands united in denouncing the perpetrators of this cowardly act.

May the souls of Late Lieutenant Colonel A.H Ali and his fallen comrades rest in peace.

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