Okuama: Military declares 8 wanted over killing of 17 soldiers

THE Nigerian Defence Headquarters has declared eight persons wanted in connection with the killing of four officers and 13 soldiers on March 14, 2024, in Okuama, Delta state.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Edward Buba, during a press conference in Abuja urged Nigerians, particularly those living in Delta and neighbouring states, to provide the military with reliable information to aid in the arrest of the eight people who are allegedly responsible for the soldiers’ death.

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Buba reiterated the military’s resolve to free all victims kidnapped and abducted in Nigeria. 

He added that the military was committed to apprehending the soldiers’ killers. 

The wanted persons are:

  •  Akevwru Daniel Omotegbono (Aka, Amagbem)
  • Ekpekpo Arthur (A professor)
  • Andaowei Denis Bakriri
  • Igoli Ebi
  • Akata Malawa David 
  • Sinclear Okili
  • Clement Ikolo Oghenerukvwe
  • Reuben Baru

The list was made public a few hours after President Bola Tinubu and other dignitaries witnessed the soldiers’ funeral at the National Military Cemetery on Wednesday, March 27.

The ICIR reported that Tinubu awarded scholarships and houses to the slain soldiers’ children and families.

Tinubu led governors, federal lawmakers, military high echelons, government functionaries, relatives, and friends of the soldiers and officers to the funeral.

The soldiers were said to be on a peace mission to the warring towns of Okuama and Okoloba when they were attacked.



    Speaking at the event, Tinubu assured the soldiers’ families of maximum support. 

    The President approved scholarships for all of the fallen soldiers’ children, including those still in the womb.

    He also approved homes in any area of Nigeria for the families of the fallen soldiers. 

    According to Tinubu, the families of the fallen officers and soldiers have 90 days to receive all benefits from the military. 


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