Delta Killing: Defence Headquarters  Declares Professor, Woman, Six Others Wanted


THE military high command on Thursday morning declared eight persons wanted in connection with the killing of 17 soldiers and officers in Okuama Community of Delta State.

Among those declared wanted include a professor, Prof. Ekpekpo Arthur; a woman, Mrs Igoli Ebi; Reuben Baru; Akata Malawa David and four other persons.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major-General Edward Buba, who disclosed this at a press briefing at Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said no bounty was placed on the wanted persons.

General Buba called on the stakeholders and traditional rulers across the country, particularly in the Niger Delta to help the military in fishing out those who had been declared wanted.

The action comes less than 24 hours after the burial of the 17 military personnel killed in Okuama by irate youths on 14 March 2024.Defence Headquarters had confirmed the deceased soldiers as including a Lieutenant Colonel, two majors, one captain and 13 soldiers

The troops of 181 Amphibious Batallion, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State were said to have been ambushed by some youths and killed on Thursday, 14 March 2024 while on a peace mission to Okuama Community.

The incident, which occurred when the troops responded to a distress call after the communal crisis between Okuoma and Okoloba communities both in Delta State had generated outrage nationwide.

The murdered officers were buried at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on Wednesday. The burial was attended by President Bola Tinubu and other top government functionaries.

Tinubu at the occasion, conferred posthumous national honours on the 17 soldiers.


Eighteen-Eleven Media 

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