Title: Nigerian Army Conducts Operations in Delta State: Community Members Arrested, Homes Destroyed

Troops of the Nigerian Army, in the wake of the March 14th incident that resulted in the tragic killing of 17 military personnel in Okuama, Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State, have conducted another operation in the neighboring community of Olota. Reports indicate that during this operation, approximately 10 individuals were apprehended and several homes were razed.

According to eyewitnesses, the military personnel arrived in Olota with significant force, utilizing three gunboats. They reportedly detained the community chairman, Matthew Olokpa, along with several others. Additionally, they inflicted damage on property, including the burning of houses and confiscation of speedboats from the community’s jetty.

This development comes amidst criticism of the Board of Inquiry established by Defence Headquarters to investigate the March 14th incident. Legal experts, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) and retired judges, have voiced concerns over the impartiality of the military-led inquiry. They argue that a public inquiry, independent of the armed forces, should be initiated either by the federal or state government.

Furthermore, there are calls for transparency and accountability in addressing the aftermath of the Okuama tragedy. Concerns have been raised regarding the treatment of displaced residents and the need for a thorough investigation into the events leading to the loss of lives.

As discussions continue on the appropriate course of action, the plight of the Okuama community underscores the complexities and challenges surrounding security operations in the region. The varying narratives from military authorities further highlight the need for clarity and objective scrutiny in addressing such incidents.


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