Niger State, Nigeria – In a devastating incident that unfolded on August 13, 2023, a military operation in Niger State turned into a deadly ambush by bandits, resulting in the untimely demise of over 20 soldiers, including Major Segun Abiodun Oni, a distinguished officer hailing from Kwara State.
The ill-fated operation, led by the late Major Oni, aimed to root out the entrenched bandit presence in the region. Major Oni, who hailed from Kwara State, had an extensive and distinguished career within the Nigerian Army. Throughout his service, he held significant positions such as Platoon Commander at the 72 Special Forces Battalion and second in Command at both the Armed Forces Special Forces Battalion and the Defense Headquarters Special Operations Forces Battalion, showcasing his dedication and leadership.
Major Oni’s extensive training spanned across various military institutions, including those in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the United States, Belarus, and South Africa, underscoring his commitment to honing his skills and expertise in service of his nation.
The news of Major Oni’s tragic demise was met with deep condolences from Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq. The Governor expressed his sympathies not only to the people of Eruku in Ekiti Local Government of the State, where Major Oni hailed from but also to the entire Nigerian Army. He acknowledged that Major Oni’s passing represented an immense loss not only for the nation at large but also for Kwara State specifically.
The devastating incident serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges and risks faced by the Nigerian Army in its efforts to maintain peace and security. The sacrifice of Major Segun Abiodun Oni and the soldiers who lost their lives underscores the unwavering commitment of these brave men and women to safeguard their fellow citizens against threats to national security.