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Senate demands probe into killing of 17 military personnel in Delta State

Investigation Launched Following Gruesome Deaths of Officers Amidst Controversy

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In response to the tragic killings of 17 officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army in Okuoma Community, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, the Senate has taken decisive action, mandating its committees on Army, Navy, and Air Force to collaborate with military authorities for a thorough investigation.

The harrowing incident, which occurred last Thursday during a peacekeeping mission, has sparked outrage and raised questions about security in the region. While the Senate held a minute of silence to honor the fallen military personnel, it controversially rejected a motion to do the same for civilian casualties.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio expressed concerns that the perpetrators might be mercenaries from outside the Niger Delta, emphasizing that such violence does not align with the character of the region’s people.

Calling for swift justice, the Senate urged the Federal Government to apprehend the killers and expedite the recruitment and training of more policemen to bolster internal security efforts.

Meanwhile, residents of the troubled Okuoma community have offered conflicting accounts of the incident. While some blame the military for instigating the violence, others allege mass killings by soldiers during a purported peacekeeping mission.

As investigations unfolded, the Catholic Bishop of Bomadi Diocese condemned the killings and called for peace, while the Urhobo Renaissance Society expressed condolences to the Nigerian Army and demanded an end to civilian casualties.

With tensions high and the community under siege, calls for transparency, justice, and an end to violence reverberate amidst a cloud of uncertainty in Delta State.

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