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Community Clash: Details Of How Delta State Youths Killed 16 Soldiers On Peace Mission

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Community Clash: Details Of How Delta State Youths Killed 16 Soldiers On Peace Mission

Some youths have ambushed and killed 16 officers and men of the 181 Amphibious Battalion of the Nigerian Army on a peace mission to Okuoma community in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta on Thursday.

Those killed were the commanding officer, two Majors, one Captain, and 12 soldiers.

Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, made this known on Saturday in Abuja.

He stated that the troops were ambushed and killed while responding to a distress call arising from a clash between Okuama and Okoloba communities in Delta.

Gusau stated that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, had directed immediate investigation and arrest of those involved in the heinous crime.

He added that the incident had been reported to the Delta State Government.

The military, however, remains focused and committed to its mandate of maintaining peace and security in the country.

“So far, a few arrests have been made while steps have been taken to unravel the motive behind the attack,’’ he assured.

Meanwhile, the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) has condemned the murder of 16 personnel of the 181 Amphibious Battalion in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State.

 

Community Clash: Details Of How Delta State Youths Killed 16 Soldiers

 

AANI demanded justice for the brave soldiers with no leniency to the perpetrators while describing the killings as unforgivable.

A statement by the President of the association, Ambassador Emmanuel Okafor added that the act was an affront to the nation’s values.

This is an unforgivable affront to our nation’s values, therefore our hearts bleed for the families of these fallen heroes and all Nigerians.

“AANI stands in solidarity with our military and the families of these heroes who paid the supreme price in quest for peace in Delta State.

“Consequently, this despicable act of barbarism must not be swept under the rug. We demand swift and decisive action from both the Federal and Delta State governments.

“The perpetrators, including the community leaders, must face the full force of the law. No one who dares to spill the blood of our defenders and attacks Nigeria should escape justice.

The perpetrators must face swift justice, with no leniency shown to those who dare to spill the blood of our beloved soldiers, for whatever reason,” he said.

He said the attack would not only dampen the spirits but also threaten future peace efforts as “it strikes at the heart of our nation’s resolve for peace”.

The association urged the government to take decisive measures to prevent such atrocities from recurring.

The culprits, especially the youths involved, must be swiftly brought to justice. The traditional rulers overseeing this tragedy must face consequences for their negligence,” he said.

AANI expressed admiration that despite the cowardly attack, “our military remains unwavering in their duty to protect and serve”.

The association commended the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa for his prompt response, directing an immediate investigation.

“We, therefore, urge the authorities to expedite the process and ensure all involved face the full force of the law”.

The association further implored the Nigerian Armed Forces to remain united and resolute, ensuring that justice prevails, “as we stand with you, especially in this difficult time. Do not be deterred by this act of cowardice as your sacrifices will not be in vain”.

AANI called on the community to fully cooperate with security agencies to prevent further tragedies and hand over the perpetrators of this horrific crime.

Let us honour the memory of our fallen heroes by working together to uphold peace and security in our nation,” he added.

He therefore urged the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies not to be demoralised or deterred by this callous act, but to stand united in ensuring that the supreme sacrifice paid by the gallant officers is not in vain.

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