BREAKING NEWS: Delta: Okuama youths not responsible for killing of 16 soldiers – IPOB counters Army

Delta: Okuama youths not responsible for killing of 16 soldiers – IPOB counters Army

: youths not responsible for killing of 16 – IPOB counters Army

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has insisted that youths of Okuama community in Delta State never killed soldiers on a peacekeeping mission.

Some youths had killed 16 soldiers on a mission to halt clashes between two communities in the State.

The troops from the 181 Amphibious Battalion deployed in the Bomadi region had responded to the conflict in the Okuoma community when they were killed last week Thursday.

Those killed include a Commanding Officer, two majors, one captain, and 12 soldiers.

Reacting, IPOB's spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a statement said: “The global and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by the great liberator Mazi condemn the Nigerian invasion and genocide against the peaceful riverine community of Okuama of Urhobo in Ughelli south LGA of Delta State.

“According to the reports, went to Okuama community for a supposed peace talk in a minor but prolonged dispute between them and the Okoloba, an Ijaw community in Bomadi LGA Bayelsa State. When the military arrived at Okuama, the villagers welcomed and entertained them.

“The supposed peace talk took a dramatic turn when the soldiers said they would take some of the community leaders for further questioning and the refusal of the community to allow the abduction of their leaders. The refusal of the community to let military take the leaders away infuriated the soldiers who started shooting live bullets on the persons at the community Town hall, killing scores of men, women and children at the spot.

“Later in the day, more reinforced soldiers entered the community with gunboats and killed more people. Again, on 15th March the irate soldiers went back to Okuama community and razed down the entire community. The entire Community has been displaced with no one to bury the murdered people.

“For record purposes, those personnel they claimed were killed in Delta State were not killed by Okuama youths. NO Nigerian Soldier was murdered by the Okuama community.

“There were reports that suggest that the soldiers were murdered by Sea pirates, and their bodies were recovered along the Forcados . If this is the case, why then did Soldiers invade peaceful and defenceless communities to mass murder people and raze down their houses?

“Why not go after the militants that killed their personnel? The Nigerian military derives so much joy in falsehood and propaganda when it comes to the Biafran Nation's matters?

“The Nigerian government must constitute a panel of inquiries to unravel the truth behind the military genocide against the Okuama Community in Ughelli South LGA of Delta State.”

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