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Okuama killings: Army personnel to be buried in Abuja Wednesday

 

The Nigerian Army has announced funeral plans for its
personnel killed in the Okuama community of Delta state.

 

On March 14, some personnel of the Nigerian Army —
comprising a lieutenant colonel, two majors, one captain, and 12 soldiers —
were killed by youths while on a peacekeeping mission in Okuama.

 

A statement released by the army on Tuesday said the
deceased soldiers will be buried at the national military cemetery, in Abuja,
on Wednesday, March 27.

 

The statement added that the event would start at 3 pm.

 

On March 21, President Bola Tinubu described the slain
soldiers as heroes and promised to confer them with national honours.

 

He also authorised the chief of defence staff to bring to
justice anyone found to be responsible for the “unconscionable crime”, adding
that any attack on security agencies is a direct attack on the nation.

 

Sheriff Oborevwori, governor of Delta, called the attack
“barbaric, inhumane and unacceptable”.

 

He said the killing of the soldiers is not what Deltans are
about, vowing to “fish out” the perpetrators. The governor also warned
traditional rulers in the state not to protect or shield the perpetrators.

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