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BREAKING: Killers Of Soldiers In Okuama Not From Nigeria – Akpabio

The senate president, Mr Godswill Akpabio said on Tuesday that the killers of officers and men of the 181 Amphibious Battalion in Okuama in Ughelli South local government area of Delta last Thursday are not from the Niger Delta region or even Nigeria....CONTINUE READING

Akpabio made the observation while contributing to a debate on two merged motions sponsored by Messrs Abdulaziz Yar’Adua, APC, Katsina Central and Edeh Dafinone, APC, Delta Central, respectively.

He noted that those who committed the heinous crime may have been mercenaries, stressing that Nigeria is not at war.

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“I don’t think they are from the Niger Delta; they may be mercenaries,” he said.

Thereafter, the senate directed the committee on defence, army, navy and air force to liaise with the military authorities to get more information on the remote and immediate cause of the death of the army personnel.

It also called for the recruitment of more policemen so that the military will not be dragged into civil matters.

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*The 17 army personnel who died in the attack

However, the lawmakers rejected a prayer to observe a minute silence or to commiserate with the families of innocent civilians killed in the process, saying the casualty figures were yet be ascertained.

Besides, the senate rejected an additional prayer for relief materials for the community by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) as proposed by Dafinone.

However, it agreed that the families of the fallen soldiers should be compensated following a motion by the deputy senate president, Mr. Barau Jibrin and seconded by Mr Nwoye, both APC, Kano North and LP, Anambra North respectively.

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Recall that some yet-to-be-identified persons had on Thursday, March 14 ambushed and killed 15 or 16 army personnel who were on a peace and rescue mission during a clash between Okuama and Okoloba communities, according to initial reports.

However, the defence headquarters on Monday released names and pictures of 17 army personnel killed in the attack.