Defence minister condemns killing of military personnel in Delta State

The Ministry of Defence  hasncondemned Thursday’s killing of 16 officers and men of the 181 Amphibious Battalion at Okuama in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta by youths of the community, describing the act as unacceptable.

The community’s youths killed Lt.-Col. AH Ali, two Majors, a Captain, and 12 soldiers who were on a peace mission. The Ministry’s spokesman, Mr Henshaw Ogubike, said the Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, emphasized the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. Minister of State, Dr Bello Matawalle, also expressed grave concern over the killings.

“The tragic incident underscores the immense sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in the defence of our nation.

“Their unwavering dedication and courage in the face of danger exemplify the highest ideals of patriotism and duty.

“President Bola Tinubu has directed the Chief of Defence Staff, to investigate the incident to ensure that those responsible for the attack face the full force of the law,’’ Ogubike quoted Badaru as saying.


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The minister stressed the unwavering commitment of the ministry to safeguard the security and well-being of all Nigerians.

He noted that no threat to the nation’s sovereignty and stability would be tolerated.

“We assure the Nigerian people that every effort will be made to bring the perpetrators to justice . We remain resolute in our pursuit of peace and tranquillity across the nation in line with the `Renewed Hope’ agenda of President Tinubu.

“Our unwavering support for the armed forces and their efforts to maintain peace and stability across the country is not negotiable.

“We are committed to tirelessly pursuing lasting peace across our country. Our hearts go out to the families, colleagues, and loved ones of the fallen soldiers, as well as to the entire nation mourning this loss. We stand united in grief with all Nigerians and our armed forces during this difficult time.”Badaru also said.

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