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Nigerian military reports recovery of parts of slain soldiers in Okuama community



Army says that its recent campaign in pursuing those responsible for the killing of 18 soldiers on March 14, 2024. have yielded significant progress after it discovered decomposing parts of the slain soldiers.

The parts found included their hearts, army authority said.

In a press release on Friday evening, the Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO) Major General Edward Bubba said, “The ongoing counter-insurgency and counter terrorism operation across the country is a fight for our sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation.

He also said, “Troops would continue to put themselves in harms way in order to protect and secure the citizens of this country.

Speaking further, General Buba noted that, “The decomposing hearts of some of the killed soldiers were recovered during search, while the manhunt container with no significant arrest yet made.”

Adding that “In the South South, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of N754,149,600.00 only.

“Furthermore, troops recovered 171 assorted weapons and 2,452 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: 47 AK47 rifles, one PKT gun, 18 pump action rifles, 17 locally fabricated guns, 14 dane guns, 12 locally fabricated pistols, one fabricated revolver, one hand grenade, 81mm mortar bomb, one mortar tube and 4 bandoliers

“Others are 995 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 468 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 317 live cartridges, 125 rounds of 9mm ammo, 313 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammo, 13 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 19 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm, 167 empty shells of 7.62mm special ammo, 45 empty shells of 7.62mm NATO, 72 empty cases of cartridges, 14 magazines, 10 vehicles, 23 motorcycles, 19 mobile phones, one bicycles, 4 baofeng radios, and the sum of N112,920.00 amongst other items.

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“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 51 dugout pits, 17 boats, 15 storage tanks and 4 vehicles. Other items recovered incl 21 cooking ovens, 3 pumping machines and 40 illegal refining sites.

“Troops recovered 772,350 litres of stolen crude oil, 80,530 litres of illegally refined AGO and 1,500 litres of DPK.”

Significantly, the Director, DMO however disclosed that, there is a viral video of person admitting to have perpertrated the killings of the soldier in Delta State.

“The video among other things helps to narrow investigations to persons of interest and their cohorts. Accordingly, the state governments and host communities of these personalities are required to assist instigation in flushing the out.

“There can be no hiding place for perpetrators of such dastardly act against our nation.

“This is a clarion call to duty by members of those communities and the state governments.”

Accordingly, he revealed that “clearance operations as well as cordon and search were conducted to among other things recover the weapons of the deceased soldiers.

“Some of the communities in which troops have operates include, Akugbene, Ukuama and Okoloba Communities in Ugheli and Ugheli South of Delta State. Others are; Ukuama Amusamo, Akwagbe.”


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