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Army to Withdraw Soldiers From Okuama, Delta State

The Nigerian Army has recently pulled out its troops from the Okuama community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State. This sudden withdrawal occurred on Tuesday, May 7, 2023, without any prior notification, according to sources from the neighboring communities of Akugbene and Okoloba in Bomadi local government area.

The withdrawal was confirmed by Governor Sheriff Oborevwori during a phone conversation with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, on Monday, May 6, as reported by The NATION.



This military pullout follows an earlier incident in which 17 soldiers were killed by individuals suspected to be from the Okuama community. The military had initially moved into Okuama in response to these killings, as detailed by Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, Acting Director, Defence Information at Defence Headquarters.

The troops, belonging to the 181 Amphibious Battalion, were reportedly on a peace mission to the area when they were ambushed by local youths on March 14, 2024. This ambush resulted in the deaths of the Commanding officer, two Majors, one Captain, and 12 Soldiers.

General Christopher Gwabin Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident and the arrest of those involved. Despite these challenges, the military has emphasized its continued commitment to maintaining peace and security within the country. Several arrests have been made as part of the ongoing efforts to understand the motives behind the attack.

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