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Tears As Tinubu, Govs Join Army To Bury 17 Soldiers Killed In Delta (PHOTOS)

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu today Wednesday led governors, lawmakers, military top brass, dignitaries and bereaved families to the interment of 17 soldiers killed while on a peace mission in the riverine area of Delta State on March 14, 2024.

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The remains of the four Nigerian Army officers and 13 soldiers killed in Okuama community in Delta State arrived for the interment ceremony at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja, in the afternoon.

The bodies were conveyed by the FCT Ambulance Emergency Services and other vehicles, they arrived at the cemetery around 2:30pm.

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As the Special Guest of Honour, Tinubu laid wreaths in honour of the slain officers and soldiers.

The roll call of mourners at the tear-filled ceremony included: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Taoreed Lagbaja; Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla were present to pay final respects for the fallen heroes.

The Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas led members of the both upper and lower chambers to honour the slain military personnel.

Governors Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta), Duoye Diri (Bayelsa), Usman Ododo (Kogi), Uba Sani (Kaduna), Hope Uzodimma (Imo), and Abba Yusuf (Kano) were conspicuously present alongside other members of their state executives.

The President joined the solemn assembly at exactly 04:10pm in “honour of our men of gallantry and valor” who paid the supreme price.

After the opening processions, prayers, laying of military accoutrements on caskets which housed the remains of the slain soldiers, and the sound of the bugle, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Taoreed Lagbaja, mourned the “gallant heroes”, saying it is highy demoralising that the citizens the soldiers tried to protect ended up killing them.

The COAS described the killing of the soldiers as “most barbaric”, saying it took 72 hours after the unfortunate incident to recover the mutilated bodies of the slain soldiers.

Lt-General Lagbaja reiterated the Army’s commitment to bringing perpetrators of the heinous crime to book and recover all missing weapons.

He said three of the widows of the slain soldiers are pregnant.

He assured the families of the fallen soldiers of maximum supports from the Nigerian Army.

He said, “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.

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

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