Okuama Tragedy: Army Reveals Method of Attack, Issues Warning to Suspects

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Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa
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The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, has explained how gunmen were able to kill soldiers in in Delta state. Musa said the hoodlums ambushed the soldiers because they went to the community without arms and ammunition. He warned other suspected killers of the soldiers to surrender themselves, just as the traditional ruler did last week.

FCT, Abuja – The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, said the killed soldiers were unarmed because they went to the Okuama community in the Ughelli South local government area of Delta state for dialogue. Musa said the gunmen took advantage of the soldiers’ lack of ammunition, ambushed them, and shot them dead.

He made this known during an interview on an Arise TV program on Wednesday, April 3, The Punch reports.

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He added that the gunmen would have been eliminated if the Commanding Officer and his team had been fully armed.

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“He did not go armed. If he had gone armed, he would have eradicated everybody in that place, but he felt these were people he knew, these were Nigerians that he could talk to. “And when he stepped up to talk to them with his team, they were rounded up and all shot, and not only shot, their body parts were cut, their hearts and private parts were removed.”

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Musa warned the seven other suspects declared wanted to turn themselves in, as His Royal Majesty Clement Oghenerukevwe Ikolo, Urhukpe 1 did last Thursday, March 28.

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He said the traditional ruler made the best decision by surrendering himself to the Delta state police command. As reported by Ejes Gist News, Musa accused traditional rulers in the LGA of complicity in the killing of the soldiers.

He said the “hands and private parts” of the slain military personnel were removed by the killers, whom he claimed extended the proceeds of “pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, and illegal refineries” to some of the traditional rulers.

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