Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution Condemns Killing of Soldiers in Delta State Clash

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has strongly denounced the tragic killing of 16 soldiers in a communal clash in Delta State, expressing deep concern over the escalation of violence in the region.

The mutilated bodies of the soldiers were discovered by the Joint Task Force, led by Major General Jamal Abdussalam, at the Okuama community. Among the casualties were a commanding officer, two Majors, one Captain, 12 soldiers, and one civilian, all of whom lost their lives in the ambush on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

The conflict stemmed from a communal land dispute between neighboring communities, escalating since January 27, 2024, when youths from Okoloba ambushed and killed three Okuama youths over longstanding land issues.

In a statement issued by the Director-General of IPCR, Joseph Ochogwu, the institute expressed dismay at the killings, emphasizing the negative portrayal of the country’s security situation. Ochogwu highlighted the efforts of President Bola Tinubu in addressing insecurity, stressing the need to support security personnel in their endeavors to secure the nation.

“While we strive for peace and development, acts of violence undermine our efforts,” Ochogwu stated. “The killing of trained officers and soldiers, who were on a peace mission, tarnishes our nation’s image.”

He called for unity and support for security personnel, urging Nigerians to rally behind the military in their mission to safeguard national sovereignty. Additionally, Ochogwu emphasized the importance of a thorough investigation into the incident and urged the military to maintain professionalism despite provocation.


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