Tinubu Launches Manhunt for Delta Soldiers’ Killers

Tinubu Launches Manhunt for Delta Soldiers' Killers
Nigerian soldiers wait to go on guard in Marte, Nigeria, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. - Copyright © africanews Jon Gambrell/AP

Tinubu Launches Manhunt for Delta Soldiers’ Killers

President Bola Tinubu has issued a firm directive to the Nigerian army, instructing them to pursue justice for the tragic killing of 16 soldiers during a peacekeeping mission in Nigeria’s southern Delta state. The soldiers were deployed to quell clashes between the Okuama and Okoloba communities, which stemmed from disputes over land and fishing rights in the oil-rich region. However, they were ambushed by youths from one of the communities, as confirmed by the army.

President Tinubu has vehemently condemned the attack, labeling it a direct assault on the nation’s security. He has pledged that those responsible for the heinous crime will face severe consequences for their actions.

“The cowardly offenders responsible for this heinous crime will not go unpunished,” declared President Tinubu, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

Granting full authority to the defence headquarters and chief of defence staff, President Tinubu has urged swift and decisive action to ensure justice for the fallen soldiers and the civilian victims affected by the violence.

An ongoing investigation has resulted in several arrests linked to the incident, including individuals involved in the killing of a commanding officer, two majors, one captain, and a dozen soldiers. Additionally, reports have emerged of parts of the affected community being set ablaze by unidentified groups, prompting villagers to flee amidst fears of reprisal attacks from the military.

Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, spokesperson for the army, has confirmed that retrieving arms and weapons taken from the slain soldiers is a top priority. However, he remains unaware of the latest incident, indicating the complexities of the situation and the challenges faced in restoring peace to the region.

Overall, President Tinubu’s directive underscores the government’s commitment to upholding law and order, ensuring accountability for those who perpetrate acts of violence against security forces. The pursuit of justice for the slain soldiers is not only essential for their memory but also for maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the Nigerian armed forces in maintaining peace and stability across the country.



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