Soldiers’ Killings: Delta Governor Meets Tinubu, Sues For Peace

Amina Mansur


The Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has met President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over the escalating situation between the Nigerian Army and Okuama community in the state.

Addressing State House Correspondent after the meeting, the governor said the situation was now under control assuring that there would be no more attacks.

The governor also stated that he had met with the security heads in Bomadi Local Government Area of his state but was yet to meet with residents of the community involved as the area had been deserted.

On the number of casualties following reports of reprisal on the community, Governor Oborevwori said that was a security matter.

He said, “Since last year, we have been enjoying peace in Delta State and we commend all security agencies. Mr President assured me that he is in support of the peace and we both condemned the killing of the officers and the soldiers. What is happening now is something that we didn’t bargain for but we want to assure everybody that there would be no more attack on the villages if there is anyone that has happened in the past.

“We know that those who are culpable would be brought to book. But the innocent citizens would not be attacked.

“When something happens like this, it is always easy to manage the tension. Yesterday (Monday), I was in Bomadi for security meeting and I got full details and briefings. So, some of these are security issues that you cannot say publicly. That’s the truth and we are managing the situation.”

Suspected militants had reportedly murdered a lieutenant ​colonel, two majors, one captain, and 12 soldiers in Okuoma, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, on Thursday.

The deceased officers and soldiers were of the 181 Amphibious Batallion in the Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta.

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