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Okuama massacre: Surrender now – Niger-Delta women urge perpetrators

The Niger-Delta Women Professionals have called on the people involved in the killing of soldiers from 181 Amphibious Division in Okuama community in Delta to surrender to the military authorities without delay to restore peace to the troubled communities.

This is according to a statement by the President and General Secretary of the group, Mrs Augusta Wariboko and Dr Agnes Tari, on Friday in Abuja.

They also urged people in Okuama and environs to cooperate and give security agencies necessary information to effect the arrest of the culprits.

The group said members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria had made so much sacrifice for the country, adding that they did not deserve such wickedness.

They described the killing as unacceptable and capable of truncating the peace in the region.

The women group said the military had played a pivotal role in building peace in the region, especially using non-kinetic approach, saying the killing must be condemned in all ramifications.

They also declared their support for the ongoing efforts to capture the leader of the militant group and his members responsible for the heinous crime.

“We support the investigation ordered by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Chris Musa, to get to the root of the problem.

“It is important the culprits surrender to the military authorities immediately.

“We urge residents of Okuama and environs to pass on useful information to the security agencies.

“We, women in the Niger-Delta are vehemently against the atrocious conduct of the militant group. What has happened doesn’t represent the people of the Niger-Delta.

“We are totally in support of what Gen. Musa and his troops are doing, especially in tackling oil theft,” the group added.

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