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Okuama killing: DOPF condoles with familes of slain soldiers, other victims, urges FG to conduct investigation

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Slain soldiers in Okuama by Urhobo armed youths in Delta state.

By Cletus Opukeme, Warri

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 signed by the chairman of the group, Emmanuel Ochonogor Enebeli and secretary Shedrack Onisha respectively, said, ‘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.

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”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.

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

”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.

”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” the statement added.

 

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