Unforgivable Affront: NIPSS Alumni Condemn Attack on Military in Delta State

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Nigeria Army at a training exercise
Nigeria Army at a training exercise
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NIPSS Alumni Condemn Killing of Military Personnel in Delta State

Alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies have vehemently condemned the killing of military personnel in Delta State.

NIPSS serves as a pivotal policy formation hub for bureaucrats, private sector leaders, military officers, as well as medium-rank and senior civil servants.

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The Defence Headquarters revealed on Saturday that a total of 15 military personnel lost their lives during a communal clash in Delta State.

Reports indicate that they tragically met their demise while responding to a distress call amidst the clash between Okuama and Okoloba communities in Delta State on Thursday.

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However, the institute’s alumni have branded the killings as an “unforgivable affront to our nation’s values.”

In a statement issued on Saturday by President Emmanuel Okafor, the alumni demanded that the perpetrators, including community leaders, be brought to justice.

The statement asserts, “The Alumni Association of the National Institute vehemently condemns the spine-chilling assault on our brave troops of the 181 Amphibious Battalion, Bomadi LGA, Delta State. This is an unforgivable affront to our nation’s values, therefore our hearts bleed for the families of these fallen heroes and all Nigerians.

“Consequently, this despicable act of barbarism must not be swept under the rug. We demand swift and decisive action from both the Federal and Delta State governments. The perpetrators, including the community leaders, must face the full force of the law.

No one who dares to spill the blood of our defenders and attack Nigeria should escape justice. The perpetrators must face swift justice, with no leniency shown to those who dare to spill the blood of our beloved soldiers for whatever reason.”

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Expressing concern, the NIPSS alumni feared that such an attack could discourage future peace efforts and urged the government to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.

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“This cowardly attack not only dampens our spirits but also threatens future peace efforts as it strikes at the heart of our nation’s resolve for peace. The government must take decisive measures to prevent such atrocities from recurring.

The culprits, especially the youths involved, must be swiftly brought to justice. The traditional rulers overseeing this tragedy must face consequences for their negligence,” the statement emphasized.

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