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Soldiers’ Killing: Delta Online Publishers Condole Military, Calls for Transparent Investigation


The Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) has extended its heartfelt condolences to the Nigerian Army and Okuama Community, following the gruesome and devastating loss of lives in recent tragic and unfortunate incidents.

In a statement titled, “OKUAMA: Condolences and Calls for Transparency, Accountability in the Wake of Tragic Losses” signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Forum, Mr. Emmanuel Ochonogor Enebeli and Mr. Shedrack Onitsha, the Publishers called for thorough investigations into the remote and attendant causes of the incident to avert future occurrences.

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The statement read that, “The heinous killing of 17 military personnel and the subsequent collateral damages which has consumed numerous civilians in a frenzy of reprisal attacks, deeply saddens and diminishes us all as humans.

“As we seek swift justice for the gallant fallen heroes, we equally emphasize the importance of upholding rules of engagement and established judicial procedures, especially as defined in Democratic systems.

“With Nigeria not in a state of war or widespread civil unrest, it is imperative that operations prioritize citizen rights and safety.

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“We urge immediate dialogue between government authorities and the military to facilitate access to Okuama Community for humanitarian assessment and aid distribution.

“Additionally, a thorough investigation into the remote and attendant causes of the Okuama conflict, as already directed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, must necessarily include alleged cases of extra-judicial killings during military operations, which will not only be crucial to uphold justice and maintain public trust, but will hopefully also serve as a watershed reference in addressing subsequent brewing conflicts of similar symptomatic indices across the country.

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“Our thoughts are with the military and Okuama Community during this difficult time. Let us unite in our commitment to integrity, accountability, and respect for human rights for the betterment of our nation.”


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