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Tinubu to attend Wednesday burial of 17 soldiers killed in Delta

…As Ohanaeze describes killing “barbaric and gruesome”

 

The Nigerian Army has fixed a date for the burial of 17 soldiers killed while on a peacekeeping mission in Delta State.

 

The Army noted in a statement on Tuesday, that the soldiers killed in the Okuama community in Delta State will be buried on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

President Bola Tinubu is scheduled to be the Special Guest of Honour at the burial ceremony billed to take place at the National Cemetery, Abuja, by 3pm.

Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the killing describing it as “barbaric and gruesome”.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary Alex Chidozie Ogbonnia, the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who decried the killings, of “innocent, faithful and gallant soldiers who were on call to duty to be wasted like that” was quoted to have also recalled the killing of 36 soldiers who were ambushed in Niger State last year.

Iwuanyanwu commended President Bola Ahmed for his prompt reaction to the unfortunate incident and urged the Presidency to leave no stone unturned “to fish out the savage culprits to serve as a deterrent to many others”.

While commiserating with the army high command and the bereaved families of the fallen heroes, Ohanaeze Ndigbo advised Nigerian security operatives “to maximize their skills to minimize or out rightly avoid casualties of the security operatives on duty”.

 

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