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Nigerian Army Withdraws from Okuama Community After Deadly Clash

A semblance of normalcy is returning to the Okuama community in Delta State, as the Nigerian Army completed its withdrawal on May 8th, 2024. Tensions had simmered since March, following the deaths of 17 soldiers.

The soldiers were reportedly on a peacekeeping mission to quell communal violence between Okuama and neighboring Okoloba in Bomadi County (Local Government Area). However, they were ambushed and killed, leading to the military occupation of Okuama.

The army’s response drew criticism from human rights groups who accused them of excessive force, including burning houses in their search for the perpetrators. Residents also reported living in fear during the occupation.

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori played a pivotal role in de-escalating the situation. He reportedly held discussions with the military high command, culminating in the soldiers’ departure. With the soldiers gone, Okuama residents can now begin to rebuild their lives and their community. However, the wounds remain raw.

The Governor has pledged to make the rebuilding efforts “smooth and seamless.” “We shall render all the necessary assistance they need to enable them to settle down quickly and joyfully in Okuama,” he added.

Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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