Tension Rises in Delta State as Okuama Community Destroyed Following Soldiers’ Deaths

Delta State is currently in a state of tension following the destruction of the Okuama community in Ughelli South Local Government Area, the same location where a brutal attack resulted in the death of sixteen soldiers. Allegations suggest that the destruction was an act of reprisal by aggrieved soldiers over the loss of their colleagues.

The destruction of the Okuama community has escalated fears among residents, leading to a mass exodus to the neighbouring town of Ughelli. Major General Jamal Abdussalam, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division Nigerian Army, is leading a rigorous manhunt in response to the deadly attack on the soldiers, which occurred last Thursday. Several arrests have reportedly been made in connection with the killings.

In light of these events, the military has increased its presence in the region, conducting patrols in the creeks to apprehend individuals involved in the attack. The recovery of the soldiers’ lifeless bodies early Saturday morning by the joint task force under Major General Abdussalam’s supervision has further highlighted the severity of the situation. Some of the deceased soldiers were found in a horrifying state, with reports of beheadings and mutilations.

This tragic incident, involving senior military officers, including a commanding officer and two majors, has drawn widespread condemnation. It occurred amid a communal crisis between the Okuama and Okoloba communities, where the military personnel were ambushed and killed while responding to a distress call.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Christopher Musa, has ordered a thorough probe into the killings, and the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, has confirmed the details of the incident in a statement issued on Saturday.

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