JUST IN: Killers Of 16 Army Personnel In Delta Must Face Consequences — Senate

Killing Of 16 Personnel A 'Civilian Coup' Against Military

The Senate has reacted to the gruesome murder of 16 Army personnel of ‘Operation Delta Safe' in of Ughelli South local government area of during a peace mission between two warring communities, saying that the culprits must be made to face the full consequences of their actions.

In a statement titled, ‘Condolence Message to the Chief of Defence Staff and the ', signed by the chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Abdulaziz Yar'adua, on Sunday, the Senate noted that the sacrifices made by the Commanding Officer, three officers, and 12 during the distressing incident shall forever be remembered.

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“On behalf of the 10th Senate Committee on Nigerian Army, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, the Nigerian Army and officers and of Operation Delta Safe on the tragic loss of our galant personnel who were mercilessly killed by some youths during a peace mission to Community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State on Thursday 14th March 2024.

“The sacrifices made by the Commanding Officer, 3 officers, and 12 soldiers during this distressing incident shall forever be remembered. Their bravery and commitment exemplify the highest virtue of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice, and their legacy will forever inspire us all.

“I wish to commend the swift response of the Chief of Defense Staff in directing an immediate investigation to apprehend those responsible for this heinous crime. It is crucial that justice is served and those behind this criminal act are brought to account for their actions. The Nigerian Army's unwavering focus on upholding peace and security in our nation is a testament to the resilience and dedication of our Armed Forces.

“The Senate Committee on the Nigerian Army stands resolutely alongside the and the Nigerian Army in seeking justice for the fallen heroes. We shall spare no effort in supporting the necessary investigations and legal processes to ensure that those responsible for this crime face the full consequences of their actions.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you, the families of the fallen heroes, and the entire Armed Forces as we honour the sacrifice and service of our brave personnel,” Senator Yar'Adua, who represents Katsina Central senatorial district of Katsina State, stated.

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