COAS Assures Support to Families of Slain Soldiers, Vows Justice for Okuoma Attack

Julianah Ologunde
By Julianah Ologunde 2 Min Read

COAS Assures Support to Families of Slain Soldiers, Vows Justice for Okuoma Attack

Lt-General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has reaffirmed the Army’s dedication to bringing the perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice and recovering all missing weapons.

COAS Assures Support to Families of Slain Soldiers, Vows Justice for Okuoma Attack

The COAS provided reassurance to the family members of the slain soldiers, who were killed in the Okuoma community of Delta State, offering them maximum support.

During the burial ceremony of the 17 military personnel at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja on Wednesday, Lt-General Lagbaja condemned the barbaric attack. The soldiers were murdered by residents of the riverine Okuoma village on March 14, 2024, while on a peace mission to warring Okuama and Okoloba communities in the area.

COAS Assures Support to Families of Slain Soldiers, Vows Justice for Okuoma Attack

Expressing dismay over the brutality of the incident, the COAS noted that it took 72 hours to recover the mutilated bodies of the slain soldiers. He reiterated the Army’s commitment to ensuring that the perpetrators face the full weight of justice and that all missing weapons are retrieved.

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Lt-General Lagbaja also highlighted the plight of the widows left behind, revealing that three of them are pregnant. He assured the families of the fallen soldiers of firm support from the Nigerian Army and the nation as a whole.

COAS Assures Support to Families of Slain Soldiers, Vows Justice for Okuoma Attack

He stated, “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 gallant 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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