Killing Of Soldiers: ECOWAS Sends Message To Nigeria: “With Heavy Heart”

Killing Of Soldiers: ECOWAS Sends Message To Nigeria: “With Heavy Heart”

  • ECOWAS has condemned the killing of 17 soldiers in Okuama community in Delta state, south-south Nigeria
  • In a communique on Wednesday night, March 20, signed by Omar Alieu Touray, ECOWAS' president, the regional organisation described the killing as a “cowardly act”
  • YEN.com.gh reports that ECOWAS urged communities to "eschew all forms of violence and employ pacific means to resolve their differences"

FCT, Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has said it received "with utter shock and a heavy heart" the news of the gruesome murder of personnel of the Nigerian Armed Force.

In a communique on the killing of soldiers in Delta state, sighted by YEN.com.gh, ECOWAS condemned the "cowardly act".

ECOWAS condemns Okuama Delta state killing
ECOWAS mourns with Nigeria over soldiers' murder in Delta state. Photo credit: Kola Sulaimon
Source: UGC

ECOWAS expressed its "deep condolences and sympathies" to the families of the slain officers, the Nigerian military, and the Bola Tinubu administration.

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YEN.com.gh reports that President Tinubu is the incumbent chairman of ECOWAS.

The communique by ECOWAS partly reads:

"The commission prays for the peaceful repose of the souls of the gallant soldiers and wishes the injured quick recovery.
"The commission calls on the authorities to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder of the soldiers and apprehend the perpetrators with a view to bringing them to justice.
"The commission urges the communities to eschew all forms of violence and employ pacific means to resolve their differences and maintain communal harmony in the overall interest of all."

YEN.com.gh recalls that about 17 Nigerian security agents were killed on a mission to halt clashes between two communities in Delta state.

The troops from the 181 Amphibious Battalion deployed in the Bomadi region, had responded to the conflict in the Okuoma community when they were killed on Thursday, March 14, allegedly by militants.

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Boko Haram inmates break jail, Ghana on high alert

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Ghanaian security agencies were on high alert after at least 60 people linked to Boko Haram broke jail in Nigeria.

The Ghana Immigration Service sent a notice to its regional commanders to be on the lookout for the jailbreakers.

The notice showed the pictures and names of the 60 people on the Boko Haram wanted list, whom the Service feared could be trying to enter Ghana.

Source: Legit.ng

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