Tinubu Gives Directive to Chief of Defence Staff After Deadly Delta Attack on Soldiers

Tinubu Gives Directive to Chief of Defence Staff After Deadly Delta Attack on Soldiers

  • President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given the Nigerian military “full authority” to bring those behind the Thursday killing of 12 soldiers and four army officers to justice
  • Tinubu, in a statement he personally issued on Sunday, March 17, vowed his government “will not relent until we achieve peace and tranquillity in every part of Nigeria"
  • The killing occurred on Thursday, March 14, during a rescue mission in Okuama Community in Ughelli South local government area (LGA) of Delta state

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Ughelli, Delta state - President Bola Tinubu has given “full authority” to Christopher Musa, chief of defence staff (CDS), “to bring to justice anybody found to have been responsible” for the killing of 16 soldiers in Okuama in Ughelli South and Okolaba in Bomadi local government areas (LGAs) of Delta state.

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The president sent the same directive to the defence headquarters, Abuja.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is sad about the killing of Nigerian soldiers in Ughelli Delta state
President Tinubu is sad about the situation in Delta state. Photo credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Tinubu stressed in a statement he personally signed on Sunday evening, March 17, that any attack on members of Nigeria’s armed forces is a direct attack on the nation.

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He expressed condolences to the families of slain soldiers, their colleagues, and their loved ones.

Tinubu said:

“This incident, once again, demonstrates the dangers faced by our servicemen and women in the line of duty.
"I salute their heroism, courage, and uncommon grit and patriotism.
“As a nation, we must constantly remember and honour all those who have paid the ultimate price to keep our nation safe, strong, and united.
"The officers and men who died in Okuama community have joined the pantheon of great men and women who gave their all, with honour, in the service of our fatherland.”

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The president concluded:

“My government will not relent until we achieve peace and tranquillity in every part of Nigeria.
“May God continue to bless the federal republic of Nigeria and keep members of our armed forces safe.”

Legit.ng reports that the killing and the subsequent razing of residents' homes in Ughelli, Delta state, have become trending topics on social media platforms in Nigeria.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 and 2023 elections said the killing of many Nigerian soldiers in Okuama "stands condemned".

Atiku asserted that "there can never be a justification for a premeditated killing of soldiers on a legitimate assignment".

Source: Legit.ng

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