BREAKING: President Tinubu Breaks Silence over killing of Soldiers in Delta state

President Bola Tinubu has pledged to ensure that the killers of the soldiers and officers in Delta state recently will be brought to book.

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reacted to the killing of soldiers including officers at Okuoma community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State on Saturday.

The president in a statement, stated that the crime would not go unpunished and that the offenders would be brought to Justice. 

He condoled with the victims and families and he applauded the armed forces for protecting the lives of citizens and properties. 

He added that the defense headquarters had been granted full authority to fish out the perpetrators for Justice to follow. 

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Recall that the military men were said to have been casualties in an ongoing conflict between youths in the community. 

The statement reads: 

On Saturday morning, the Nigerian people and I woke up to the dreadful news of the unprovoked killing of our brave military personnel during a rescue mission to Okuoma Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The incident occurred on Thursday 14 March, 2024 when our troops, responding to a crisis between Okuama and Okoloba communities in Delta State were ambushed. A Commanding Officer, two Majors, one Captain and twelve soldiers sadly lost their lives. One civilian was also killed.

As the Commander-in-Chief, I join all well-meaning Nigerians and the men and women of our armed forces to mourn and express my profound grief over the needless death of our gallant soldiers.

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.

This incident, once again, demonstrates the dangers faced by our servicemen and women in the line of duty. I salute their heroism, courage and uncommon grit and patriotism.

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 the core of our nationhood.

Any attack on them is a direct attack on our nation. We will not accept this wicked act.

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.

May God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and keep the members of our armed forces safe.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu

President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

17th March, 2024



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