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Youths ‘kill’ army captain, two majors, 12 soldiers in Delta communal clash

Tukur Gusau, director of information at the defence
headquarters, says sixteen Nigerian soldiers on a peace mission, were
surrounded by youths and killed on Thursday, in Okuoma Bomadi LGA of Delta
state.

 

In a statement issued on Saturday, Gusau said: “The troops
of 181 Amphibious Battalion, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, while
on a peace mission to Okuoma community in BOMADI LGA of Delta State were
surrounded by some community youths and killed on Thursday, 14 March 2024.”

 

“The unfortunate incident occurred when the troops responded
to a distress call after the communal crisis between the Okuama and Okoloba
communities both in Delta State,” he said.

 

“The reinforcement team led by the Commanding officer was
also attacked, leading to the death of the Commanding officer, two Majors, one
Captain, and 12 Soldiers.”

 

Gusau added that some suspects have been arrested over the
incident, and that Christopher Musa, chief of defence staff, has directed an
immediate investigation.

 

He also said the incident has been reported to the Delta
state government.

 

“CDS has directed the immediate investigation and arrest of
those involved in the heinous crime. The occurrence has been reported to the
Delta State Govt,” the statement adds.

 

 “However, the
military remains focused and committed to its mandate of maintaining peace and
security in the country.

 

“So far, a few arrests have been made while steps are in
place to unravel the motive behind the attack. Additional details later.”

 

Clashes between military personnel and restive communities
are rife in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta region.

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