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Falana asks police to find, prosecute killers of soldiers in Delta

 Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has asked the police to
find and prosecute those who killed 16 soldiers in Delta state.

 

The soldiers comprising a lieutenant ​colonel, two majors
and captain were killed while on a peacekeeping mission on Thursday in Okuoma,
Bomadi LGA of Delta state.

 

They had responded to a distress call after a communal clash
broke out between the Okuama and Okoloba communities.

 

Some suspects have reportedly been arrested.

 

In a statement on Saturday, Falana, a senior advocate of
Nigeria (SAN), commended the army for not responding by way of a reprisal
attack on the communities.

 

“We join the members of civilized humanity in condemning the
brutality meted out to the military officers and soldiers as they were deployed
for a peacekeeping mission to resolve the crisis in two warring communities in
Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta state,” he said.

 

“We are, however, pleased to note that the military remains
focused and committed to its mandate of maintaining peace and security in the
country.

 

 “Having regard to the
massacre of innocent people when the military invaded Odi in Bayelsa State and
Zaki Biam in Benue State in similar circumstances, we commend the military
authorities for resisting the temptation to subject the two warring communities
to a reprisal attack.

 

“By all means, the army should avoid a repeat of the history
of having multiple tragedies.”

 

The human rights lawyer said the Delta state government and
local authorities should assist the police in fishing out the killers so they
could be prosecuted.

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