BREAKING: Military Declares Eight Wanted Over Murder Of Soldiers

The Defence Headquarters has proclaimed eight people sought for their involvement in the recent death of 17 military members in Delta State.

The military released the list on Thursday at a briefing in Abuja.

Those declared wanted are Prof. Ekpekpo Arthur, Andaowei Dennis Bakriri, Akevwru Daniel Omotegbo (Aka Amagben), Akata Malawa David, Sinclear Oliki, Clement Ikolo Oghenerukeywe, Reuben Baru, and Igoli Ebi.

During the briefing, Major General Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media Operations, urged Nigerians, particularly those living in Delta and neighboring states, to provide credible information that would lead to the arrest of eight people accused of killing seventeen soldiers in the Okuama community of Delta State.

General Buba says the military is still determined to find the perpetrators of the atrocious conduct in Delta State, and reaffirms its commitment to rescuing all kidnapped and abducted victims in Nigeria.

The list was released just hours after military authorities buried the 17 killed troops in a ceremony attended by President Bola Tinubu, governors, federal lawmakers, and other dignitaries.

At the celebration, President Tinubu promised to support the victims’ families and announced scholarships for the dead soldiers’ children, including those in the womb.

He also presented national prizes to the servicemen.

“They have all received a posthumous national honour. Tinubu announced that the four valiant officers had received Members of the Order of Nigeria (MON) decorations.

“The 13 courageous soldiers who also lost their lives have been awarded the Officers of the Federal Republic medals.”

‘We Will Hunt You Down’

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. General Taoreed Lagbaja also re-echoed similar thoughts as Tinubu, assuring the families of the fallen heroes of support.

“The Okuoma killing has added to the care of the Nigerian Army and by extension, the Nigerian State, 10 widows, three of whom are four, five and eight months pregnant, 21 orphans, and many other dependents which include parents,” the army chief told the solemn gathering.

“While commiserating with the families of these gallant soldiers, I assure them that the Nigerian Army and the good people of this country will not leave them in the cold.”

Despite the “demoralising” incident, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa said it would not deter troops from restoring peace across the country, vowing to hunt down the perpetrators.

“To the perpetrators of this violence, who seek to sow divisions among our people, take this from me – our resolve will not wither, we will hunt you down, we will bring you to justice and we will restore peace and security in every nook and cranny of our dear nation.

“Your evil actions may cause pain and suffering but they will never extinguish the spirit of unity and resilience that burns within us,” the CDS said.

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