DHQ declares 8 persons wanted over killing of soldiers, 1 surrenders

The slain soldiers were buried on Wednesday at the National Cemetery Abuja amidst tears and agony.

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DHQ declares 8 persons wanted over killing of soldiers, 1 surrendersThe Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has declared eight persons wanted in connection with the gruesome murder of 17 officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army on March 14 in Okuama community in Delta.

The wanted persons include seven men and one woman.

They were identified as Akevwru Daniel Omotegbono (Amagbem); Prof. Ekpokpo Arthur; Andaowei Denis Bakriri; Igoli Ebi; Akata Malawa David; Sinclair Okili; Clement Ikolo Oghenerukvwe and Reuben Baru.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made this known while briefing newsmen on the operations of the armed forces a riss the country on Thursday in Abuja.

Buba said the military would not allow the incident that led to the killing of 17 soldiers that were buried on Wednesday, to ever happen again.

He urged members of the public to cooperate with the military and other security agencies with useful information to help apprehend the suspects.

According to him, the armed forces is a force for stability that employs both kinetic and non knowledge netic measures to achieve the desired end state.

“Prior to the ugly incident, the military had constructed several civic projects in Delta State as a sign of good will.

“For instance, the construction of Multipurpose Hall and Borehole Projects in Patani Local Government Area and Medical Outreach at Aladja Community in Udu Local Government Area all in Delta, among several others.

“Nevertheless, troops would continue with their efforts until the culprits are found, arrested, tried, and brought to justice by Nigerian law.

“Citizens are our first line of intelligence and must rise to the occasion,” he said.

BRANDPOWER reports that the 17 personnel of 181 Amphibious Battalion comprising a Lieutenant Colonel, two Majors, one Captain and 13 soldier were murdered by community youths while on peace mission to Okuama community.

The slain soldiers were buried on Wednesday at the National Cemetery Abuja amidst tears and agony.

President Bola Tinubu led other top government functionaries and governors as well as service chief to pay last respect to the fallen heroes.

One Person Surrenders to Police

Clement Oghenerukevwe Ikolo, one of the eight suspects declared wanted by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in connection with the murder of 17 army personnel at Okuama in Delta, has surrendered to the police.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Bright Edafe, confirmed the development in Asaba on Friday.

Ikolo, said to be a traditional ruler, handed himself to the police on Thursday.

The 17 personnel killed in Okuama include the Commanding Officer of 181 Amphibious Battalion, two majors, one captain, and 12 soldiers.

They were buried in Abuja on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by President Bola Tinubu, Governors, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and service chiefs, among others.