Killing of 17 Soldiers: “Why We Barred People From Okuama Community”, Military Opens Up

  • President Tinubu has given the military full authority to bring killers of soldiers in Delta state to justice but the citizens want them to strictly adhere to human rights laws during the operation
  • Following the president’s directive, the Nigerian Army grounded the Okuama community and intensified its search for those who killed 17 soldiers
  • Interestingly, CDS Christopher Musa said the military barred people from accessing the Okuama community because security agencies were carrying out a “cordon and search” operation in the area

TheTalk.NG journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has opened up on why residents of Okuama community, Ughelli South local government area of Delta state are yet to have access to their homes.

Recall that on Thursday, March 14, suspected residents of the Okuama community ambushed and murdered the Commanding Officer of 181 Army Amphibious Battalion, two majors, one captain, and 13 soldiers.

TheTalk.NG reported that the troops were attacked while responding to a distress call arising from a clash between Okuama and Okoloba communities both in Delta.

Security agencies monitoring Okuama community

Speaking on Arise Television’s Morning Show programme on Wednesday, April 3, Musa explained that Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta state and residents of Okuama where the attack took place have no access to the community because the security agencies were carrying out a “cordon and search” operation in the area.

He also said the Nigerian Army was not taking laws into its own hands by declaring some persons wanted over the killing of the officers.

“We are currently conducting a cordon and search in the community. Cordon and search operation means we are searching every nook and cranny within the community because they have a lot of illegal funds from crude oil theft. They have bought a lot of weapons.

“It is for us to thoroughly clean the community to ensure that no weapon, no explosive is left in the community. I can tell you at the end of the operation, residents of the community will always go back,” he said.

The 17 military officials who were brutally killed in Okuama, Delta state, were given a given a befitting burial and national honours on Thursday, March 28, in Abuja.

Why soldiers were killed in Delta community

TheTalk.NG earlier reported that a young man released a video explaining what allegedly led to the killing of soldiers in Okuama in Delta state.

The unidentified man said two warring communities, Okuama and Okoloba, had been embroiled in a land dispute which degenerated into a crisis.

He, however, blamed the government and leaders for not calling both communities for a genuine peaceful resolution.

Source: TheTalk.NG

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