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Sophisticated weapons:How Murdered Soldiers Were Ambushed,  Killed By The Villages – Ex-General

Sophisticated Weapons:How Murdered Soldiers Were Ambushed,  Killed By The Villages – Ex-General

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Major General Cecil Esekhaigbe (retd.) has narrated how the soldiers and officers who were murdered in the Okuama community of Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, were ambushed.

Speaking when he was featured as a guest on Channels Television, on Monday, Esekhaigbe said the soldiers went to the coastal community to find out why their colleagues who were on a peacekeeping mission to the village were held hostage.

 

“It is unfortunate that we have spent a lot of money on a thing we called Amnesty Programme which was designed for those militia groups to lay down their weapons. If after the amnesty and the purported surrendering of weapons, we still have local communities that have sophisticated weapons like this, it calls for a re-examination of the entire process.

“Now, don’t forget you called it a peace mission, the mindset of these officers and men was to go and find out what the problems were and to find out why their men were kept behind. So, their mind was not to go and fight and that is what we must understand. So, they were not going with the mentality of going for an attack, if they, even as few as they were, they would not have been able to surround and dastardly murder them the way they did.

 

“So, what played out here is that they fell into an ambush because these militia groups have sophisticated weapons and when you are ambushed, no matter how sophisticated you are, you will definitely have the consequences of an ambush. That calls to mind the need for training and retraining because you must know the local environment in which you are operating.”

Newsmediang had reported how an Army Commander, two majors, one captain and 12 soldiers were killed in Okuama.

Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, had directed the immediate investigation and arrest of those involved in the heinous crime.

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