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Okuama youths removed vital body parts of 17 slain soldiers – Chief of Army Staff



 The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has
accused youths of Okuama community in Delta State of removing vital body parts
of the 17 slain soldiers.


Lagbaja disclosed that the 17 soldiers killed in Okuama
community in Delta State were part of the finest men of the Nigerian Army.


The Army chief said their body parts were dismembered and
scattered all over Okuama community.



Speaking during the burial of the slain 17 soldiers at the
Military Cemetery in Abuja on Wednesday, Lagbaja said: “As a profession that
deals with life and death, when soldiers die in the hands of the enemies of the
state, we take it as dying for what the nation considers as a just cause, but
when they are gruesomely murdered by the very people they are trained to
protect, it is highly demoralizing.


“It’s no longer news that 17 of the Nigerian Army’s finest
men were murdered in Okuama while on a legitimate peacekeeping mission.



“It grieves my heart that it took our search and recovery
effort over 72 hours to recover some vital organs, the decapitated and
disembowelled bodies of my men that were scattered all over the Okuama
community by the youths.


“I consider it the most barbaric attack any citizen or
community can commit against the state, and I must place on record that a lot
of restraint has been exercised in our recovery effort for missing arms,
ammunition, other equipment and body parts.



“The Nigerian Army will not be deterred by setbacks such as
that of Okuama community.


“The Nigerian Army in conjunction with sister security
agencies, is committed to bringing the perpetrators to book and recover all
arms taken from the murdered troops.”

Source link: Nigerianeye

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