Oborevwori Confirms Military's Withdrawal From Okuama

Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori has announced the complete withdrawal of the military from the Okuama community in the state almost 2 months after the unfortunate killings in the community. 

The governor disclosed this during a press conference at the Government House, in Asaba, implying that the displaced people of Okuama are now free to return to their homes.

He also disclosed that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp set up by his administration for a smooth and seamless resettlement of the displaced okuama residents is already running.

The military had taken over the community after 17 Army personnel were gruesomely killed on the 14th of March, 2024 in the riverine community in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state, causing many residents to flee into the creeks and other neighboring communities.

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The 17 personnel — the Commanding Officer of 181 Amphibious Battalion, two majors, one captain, and 12 personnel of the battalion — were later buried at the Military Cemetary in Abuja.

With this announcement by the governor, it expected that the people will begin to return home to rebuild what is left of their community.

Meanwhile, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has emphasized the need for increased budgetary allocation to carter for, not only the expansion of Army Barracks but for the welfare of the serving Military personnel, the Legion, their orphans, their wives and other dependents.

He made the proposal when the House of Representatives Committee on Army on oversight function in Imo State paid a courtesy visit on him at the Government House, Owerri on Monday, May 6.

Governor Uzodinma pleaded with the National Assembly to consider giving the Army the necessary support so as to encourage them to come out and defend the State effectively, noting that, “sufficient funding is the answer.”

He continued by saying that the Federal Government and National Assembly should place the highest importance on the welfare of the Military in order to maintain Nigerian democracy.

Africa Today News, New York

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