17 Soldiers Killed in Attack Along Forcados River in Nigeria's Okuama-Ewu Community

Tragedy strikes in Nigeria as 17 soldiers die in confrontation with community leaders, sparking military retaliation and calls for investigation and justice.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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17 Soldiers Killed in Attack Along Forcados River in Nigeria's Okuama-Ewu Community

17 Soldiers Killed in Attack Along Forcados River in Nigeria's Okuama-Ewu Community

Tragedy struck the Okuama-Ewu community in Nigeria's Bomadi Local Government Area as 17 soldiers lost their lives along the Forcados River while returning to their military base in Bomadi. The incident occurred on March 14, 2024, following a confrontation between the military personnel and community leaders.

According to reports from the Okuama-Ewu community leaders, the military personnel had demanded that the community chairman and other leaders accompany them to their base in Bomadi. The community leaders politely appealed to the military to allow them to come by themselves. However, some over-zealous personnel began shooting sporadically, resulting in the deaths of several community elders and leaders, while others were injured.

The military personnel then hastily left the community. It was later discovered that they were attacked along the Forcados River, leading to the deaths of approximately 17 soldiers.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing tensions and conflicts between local communities and military forces in Nigeria's Niger Delta region. The loss of lives on both sides underscores the need for peaceful dialogue and conflict resolution to prevent further escalation and bloodshed.

In the aftermath of the incident, the military ordered an attack on the Okuama community from March 15 to March 25, 2024. During this period, community members were reportedly assaulted, battered, maimed, and their properties were destroyed.

The Okuama-Ewu community leaders have called for an investigation into the incident and the subsequent military attack on their community. They seek justice for the lives lost and compensation for the damages incurred during the military's actions.

Key Takeaways

  • 17 soldiers killed in attack along Forcados River in Nigeria's Bomadi LGA.
  • Incident occurred after military personnel demanded community leaders accompany them.
  • Community leaders claim military personnel opened fire, killing elders and leaders.
  • Military ordered attack on Okuama community from March 15-25, 2024.
  • Community leaders call for investigation and compensation for damages.