The military high command refutes allegations of retaliatory actions following the killing of 16 soldiers in the Okuama community, Delta State. A report by Daily Trust detailed the tragic loss of an army commander, two majors, a captain, and 12 soldiers in Okuama, all affiliated with the 181 Amphibious Battalion in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta,Daily Trust reports.

General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, promptly ordered an investigation and the apprehension of the perpetrators. Subsequently, residents of Okuama fled to neighboring Ughelli, fearing reprisals from the military.

Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media Operations, emphasized the military’s adherence to rules of engagement, laws of armed conflict, and human rights standards. He stated that while the incident underscored the risks faced by troops, responses would be measured, aligning with legal principles.

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Buba dismissed claims of reprisal attacks, noting the community’s evacuation before the military’s arrival. He urged against spreading misinformation, urging cooperation in identifying the culprits.

In a separate incident, troops reportedly invaded Igbomotoru community in Bayelsa, allegedly destroying homes and causing casualties. The Senate condemned the Okuama killings, urging security forces to apprehend the perpetrators. Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq denounced the attack, echoing calls for swift action.

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) emphasized the need for investigation, urging professionalism and restraint from security personnel. Retired Major General Cecil Esekhaigbe described how the soldiers were ambushed, emphasizing the importance of training and local knowledge.

The Nigerian Army released the identities of the fallen soldiers, honoring their sacrifice. They include Lieutenant Colonel AH Ali, Major SD Shafa, Major DE Obi, Captain Zakari, and several other enlisted personnel.


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