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Tinubu Directs Nigerian Army to Capture Culprits of Soldiers’ Deaths in Delta State

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President Bola Tinubu has instructed the Nigerian army to apprehend those responsible 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, sparked by 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 condemned the attack, denouncing it as a direct assault on the nation. He pledged that the perpetrators would face consequences for their actions.

“The cowardly offenders responsible for this heinous crime will face justice,” declared President Tinubu.

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

An ongoing investigation has led to several arrests linked to the incident, including those involved in the killing of a commanding officer, two majors, one captain, and a dozen soldiers.

Furthermore, reports emerged of parts of the affected community being set ablaze by unidentified groups, prompting villagers to flee amid fears of reprisal attacks from the military.

Army spokesperson Brig Gen Tukur Gusau confirmed efforts to retrieve arms and weapons taken from the slain soldiers as a priority, though he was unaware of the latest incident.