Delta State Governor Assures Nigerians Amidst Tragic Army Loss

In the wake of the devastating loss of at least 16 soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Army in the Okuoma community of Delta State, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori paid a visit to President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on Tuesday. Following the meeting, Oborevwori addressed State House correspondents, conveying assurances that the situation is being managed, with a commitment to preventing further attacks.

While Governor Oborevwori refrained from confirming alleged reprisal attacks by the military and the precise casualty figures, citing the sensitivity of the unfolding security situation, he disclosed his engagement with security heads in Bomadi on Monday. He noted the challenge in reaching out to members of the involved community, who are currently dispersed and at large.

The tragic incident occurred during a peacekeeping mission aimed at quelling clashes between the Okuama and Okoloba communities in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State. Among the casualties were a Commanding Officer, two Majors, one Captain, 12 soldiers, and one civilian, highlighting the severity of the ambush on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

Channels Television reported the recovery of 15 bodies by soldiers of the Joint Task Force, under the supervision of Major General Jamal Abdussalam, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Nigerian Army. In response to the heartbreaking loss, Tinubu vowed retribution, emphasizing that those responsible for the heinous crime would face justice. He issued clear directives for a thorough manhunt and prosecution of the perpetrators, empowering the Defence Headquarters and Chief of Defence Staff to take decisive action.

As investigations continue into this tragic incident, Nigerians await further details regarding the ongoing efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure the safety and security of all citizens.

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