Killing of 17 Soldiers: DHQ Vows Continued Manhunt, Recovers Weapons

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says it is intensifying efforts to track down the prime suspect Endurance Okodeh, alias Amangben, and others involved in the killings of 17 soldiers and civilians at Okuama, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The command also noted that the manhunt will continue until all stolen weapons are recovered and all those involved are arrested.

Speaking on Thursday during a visit to the Division’s Headquarters in Port Harcourt Barracks, Major General Jamal Abdussalam, the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army/Land Component Commander, Joint Task Force, South-South, Operation DELTA STATE, emphasised the determination of the troops to achieve their objectives.

He stated, “Troops will continue to be in the creeks until these objectives are achieved,” and assured that the operations would be conducted professionally in adherence to rules of engagement and respect for human rights.

Abdussalam also called for the public’s assistance in locating the fleeing suspects and the stolen weapons, urging communities to provide credible intelligence to aid in the apprehension of the criminals.

He emphasised the importance of holding the perpetrators accountable for their actions and ensuring that such heinous crimes do not occur in the future.

Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission, expressed his condolences and solidarity with the Nigerian Army over the tragic incident.

He emphasised the significance of peace in the Niger Delta region for its development and economic stability, and called on all stakeholders to support the efforts of the Nigerian Army in bringing the perpetrators to justice.


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