‘We’ve never lost soldiers like that even in Boko Haram war’ – Edwin Clark


Elder statesman and leader of the Ijaw Nation, Edwin Clark
has condemned the recent killing of soldiers in Delta State.


Clark described the incident as shocking, barbaric and
wicked, adding that the military together with the communities should take it
as a task to search for the people who committed the murder.


He made this known on Tuesday while fielding questions on
Arise Television’s News programme.


Clark also appealed to soldiers to act with restraint and
not take law into their own hands, noting that with modern technology they
should be able to fish out very soon those who committed the crime.


“What happened a few days ago is very shocking, very
barbaric and wicked. I think what is required really, the military together
with the communities, all of us should take that task to look for these people
who committed this murder. It is very very important.


“In fact, I was so sad when I heard that Lt Col. Ali was
involved because on Thursday, 14 March, I spoke to him. I think about 8:45
about my dead younger brother, Col Bernard Clark (rtd), who died recently and
was to be buried on Friday to have a military burial.


“I had to contact him. And he told me he was in a vehicle
and that he would speak to me later, only to hear that he was among them. At
that time he was speaking to me from Agbor in Delta State.


“There’s another one, Major B. I spoke to him about the same
time on Wednesday. So I am indeed very very sad that we should lose such a
people at a time, even in the Boko Haram war we have never lost soldiers like
that. We all support Mr President when he said the people should be looked
for,” he said.


Appealing to the military to act with restraint while going
after perpetrators to avoid inflicting more collateral damage Clark said: “Well
my appeal to our gallant soldiers is that they should act maturely and not take
the law in their own hands. I know they are provoked. We are all provoked.
There are innocent children, pregnant women everywhere.


“As far as I am concerned, we should appeal to the military
to take it easy. They have all the modern technology. They should be able to
fish out very soon those who committed this crime.


“One should not blame the army so much for whatever must
have happened. It’s all collateral damages.”


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