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Group condemns communal crisis in Delta, condoles Nigerian Army over loss of soldiers

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Comrade Bala Mohammed,
Convener, Northern youth Progressive Network

By our reporter, Lafia

Northern Socio cultural and political group under the auspices of Northern Youth Progressive Network (NYPN) has condemned communal despite between Okoloba and Okuama communities that claimed the lives of 16 Officers and men of Nigerian Army.

This is contained in a statement by
Comrade Bala Mohammed,
Convener, Northern youth Progressive Network and made available to newsmen in Lafia.

According to the statement, the recent outbreak of violence between Okoloba and Okuama is a reprehensible act that shocked Nigerians; the loss of soldiers in such a brutal manner is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by armed forces in their unwavering commitment to protecting the nation.

“We strongly condemn the heinous communal dispute that occurred between Okoloba and Okuama communities in Delta State, resulting in the cold-blooded murder of soldiers.

“We express our deepest condolences to the Nigerian Army and the government of Nigeria during this tragic time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen soldiers.” the statement read.

The group called on all parties involved in the dispute to renounce violence and embrace dialogue as the only viable means to address their grievances.

“It is imperative that community leaders, stakeholders, and relevant authorities come together to engage in sincere dialogue, mediation, and reconciliation efforts to restore peace and stability in the affected areas,” group said.

The group urged the Nigerian government to provide the necessary support, resources, and reinforcement to the security agencies involved in maintaining law and order.

It, however, called for comprehensive investigation into the root causes of the dispute, with a focus on addressing underlying issues to prevent future conflicts rather than dragging Tantita Security Services into the unfortunate incidence.

“We would like to emphasize with the facts available in public domain, in fairness, Tantita Security Services should not be dragged into any allegation concerning the aforementioned communal dispute.

“Tantita Security Services is widely recognized as a beacon of peace and order in the Niger Delta region,
Its unwavering commitment to maintaining security and their significant contributions in combating oil theft, enabled Nigeria to meet its OPEC crude oil quota.

“We are aware that the oil thieves are hell bent to sabotage efforts of the Federal government, NNPCL, Tantita Security Services, Nigeria Army and other Security formations in restoring sanity to the oil and gas sector,” the statement read.

The group said it committed to supporting peace building initiatives, youth empowerment, and socio-economic development across Nigeria.

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