JUST IN: Killers Of Soldiers In Delta Must Face Justice — Defence Ministers

Killers Of Soldiers In Delta Must Face Justice — Defence Ministers

Killers Of In Delta Must Face Justice — Defence


The Minister of Defence, Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, and the Minister of State for Defence, Dr Muhammed Bello Matawalle, have promised that the killers of 16 officers and soldiers of the 181 Amphibious Battalion of the Army (NA) in Okuama community of Ughelli South local area of Delta State, must be brought to book as directed by .

The four officers and 12 soldiers were ambushed and killed on Thursday, March 14, 2024, while responding to a crisis between , both in Delta State.

LEADERSHIP reports that the (DHQ) and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) have been granted full authority to bring to justice anybody found to have been responsible for this unconscionable crime against the Nigerian people, by the President.

In a statement by the director of information, Ministry of Defence, Mr Henshaw Ogubike, the ambush at Okuama community resulted in the tragic loss of the Commanding Officer, 181 Amphibious Battalion, Lt. Col. AH Ali, two Majors, a Captain, and 12 soldiers.

According to the Ministers, the 16 personnel died along with a civilian, which they said “is a matter of grave concern”.

They said: “This 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.”

The statement reiterated that has directed the Chief of Defence Staff, “to actively investigate this incident to ensure that those responsible for this cowardly attack face the full force of the law.

“We affirm our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the security and well-being of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any threat to our nation's sovereignty and stability. Additionally, we assure the Nigerian people that every effort will be made to bring the perpetrators to justice, and we remain resolute in our pursuit of peace and tranquillity across the nation in line with the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

Both Badaru and Matawalle reiterated the federal government's resolve in maintaining peace and securing the nation.

“Our unwavering support for the armed forces and their efforts to maintain peace and stability across the country is not negotiable. We will continue to work tirelessly towards achieving lasting peace and tranquillity in every region of our dear country. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, , and loved ones of the fallen soldiers, as well as with the entire nation mourning this irreparable loss. We stand united in grief with all well-meaning Nigerians and the and women of our armed forces during this difficult time,” the statement added.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.