Tinubu directs Military to fish out killers of soldiers in Delta State

President Bola Tinubu has authorised the military high command to fish out those who killed 16 military officers and men at Okuoma, Delta State on Thursday.

The President in a statement issued personally joined Nigerians and the armed forces to mourn the death of the gallant soldiers.

“The Defence Headquarters and Chief of Defence Staff have been granted full authority to bring to justice, anybody found to have been responsible for this unconscionable crime against the Nigerian people.

“My government will not relent until we achieve peace and tranquillity in every part of Nigeria,” said the President.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a Commanding Officer, two Majors, one Captain, 12 soldiers and a civilian, lost their lives on Thursday in an ambush at Okuoma Community, Ugheli South Local Government Area of Delta.

The incident occurred when the troops were responding to a crisis between Okuama and Okoloba communities of the area.

“I extend my profound condolences to the families of these fallen soldiers, their colleagues and their loved ones.

“The military high command is already responding to this incident. The cowardly offenders responsible for this heinous crime will not go unpunished,” the President said.

The President said the incident demonstrated the dangers faced by servicemen and women in the line of duty.

“As a nation, we must constantly remember and honour all those who have paid the ultimate price to keep our country safe, strong and united.

“The officers and men who died in Okuama community have joined the pantheon of great men and women who gave their all, with honour, in the service of our fatherland.

“Members of our armed forces are at the heart and core of our nationhood. Any attack on them is a direct attack on our nation. We will not accept this wicked act,” said President Tinubu.

 

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