Avoid retaliation in Delta – Reps appeal to Military

The House of Representatives has appealed to the military, urging them to refrain from retaliating against innocent residents of Delta State following the murder of 17 military personnel in Okuama, a community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.

The appeal was made while considering a motion of urgent national importance presented by Honourable Babajimi Benson.

The House expressed concern that any retaliation could further demoralize the military.

In a bid to prevent further escalation of the situation, the House called on the military to abide by the law and avoid any actions that could lead to further retaliation.

During the session, the lawmakers observed a minute of silence in honour of the slain personnel. They also mandated security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The House Committee on Defence has been directed to lead the investigation and reconciliation process to prevent any further escalation of the situation.

Following the killing of the military personnel, the Defence Headquarters released the names of the deceased, including Lt Col AH Ali, the Command Officer of 181 Amphibious Battalion, Maj SD Shafa, Maj DE Obi, Capt U Zakari, and 12 other personnel of the battalion.

The Okuama community was razed following the killings, however, the Defence Headquarters assured the public that there would be no reprisal attacks on law-abiding citizens.

“While law-abiding citizens are assured that there will be no reprisal on the part of the troops, we enjoin all to go about their normal activities, even as ongoing efforts are scaled up to positively identify and isolate the criminals to account for their atrocious deeds,” it said.

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