Hauwa Ali, the wife of the slain Lt Col A.H. Ali, says she will not allow any of her children to join the military.

Ali was gruesomely killed alongside 16 other military personnel in Okuama community in the Ughelli South local government area of Delta state.

During an interview with Daily Trust, Hauwa said she did not know that the peace mission Ali and others had embarked on would be their last.

She said that her late husband had already made the supreme sacrifice for Nigeria.

The Defence Headquarters last week said it had launched a manhunt for the killers of 17 officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, who were recently murdered in Okuoma.

The 17 military personnel were reportedly on a peace mission to resolve a communal crisis involving Okuama and Okoloba communities.


The military personnel were killed on Thursday, March 14, 2024, following an ambush by gunmen.

Regarding her late husband who was the Commanding Officer of the 181 Amphibious Battalion, Hauwa said, “Words cannot describe him because he was everything to us. He was a man of his word, dedicated to both his family and work.

“Apart from his family, he sacrificed his life for Nigeria, and that’s the price he has paid. I pray that wherever he is God, would continue to be with him.

“His dedication to humanity is one thing I will always remember. No matter how he was, once he was called to work, he would make sure he fulfilled it.”

When asked if she would allow some of her children to join the military in future, she said, “I will not advise any of his children to be in the military. Their father has already sacrificed his life for the country.”

Hauwa said Ali’s murder devastated her, adding, “We know that death is inevitable. As Muslims, we have to die at some point and time, but I am really shattered by the way my husband was killed.

“He called me that very day and told me that he was going for a peace mission. I never knew that it was the last time we would speak.”

“Nobody could call to tell me the news until Saturday. I was called from the State House,” she added.

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