Killing Of Soldiers In Delta Direct Attack On Nigerians — Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has expressed dismay at the killing of over a dozen soldiers in Delta State community, describing the incident as a direct attack on Nigerians.

Tinubu said such attacks will not be acceptable under his watch.

He. Therefore. gave the military high command directive to go after the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
He penned the following words down, saying, “On Saturday morning, the Nigerian people and I woke up to the dreadful news of the unprovoked killing of our brave military personnel during a rescue mission to Okuoma community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State. ­

“The incident occurred on Thursday, March 14, 2024 when our troops, responding to a crisis between Okuama and Okoloba communities in Delta State were ambushed. A Command­ing Officer, two Majors, one Cap­tain and twelve soldiers sadly lost their lives. One civilian was also killed.

“As the Commander-in-Chief, I join all well-meaning Nigeri­ans and the men and women of our armed forces to mourn and express my profound grief over the needless death of our gallant soldiers.

“I extend my profound con­dolences to the families of these fallen soldiers, their colleagues and their loved ones. The mili­tary high command is already responding to this incident. The cowardly offenders responsible for this heinous crime will not go unpunished.

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 country 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.

“Members of our armed forces are at the heart and the core of our nationhood.

Any attack on them is a di­rect attack on our nation. We will not accept this wicked act.

“The Defence Headquarters and Chief of Defence Staff have been granted full authority to bring to justice anybody found to have been responsible for this unconscionable crime against the Nigerian people.

“My government will not relent until we achieve peace and tranquility in every part of Nigeria.

“May God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and keep the members of our armed forces safe”.

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