Oba of Benin grieves over Okuoma killings

Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolor, Ewuare II, CFR, Oba of Benin, has expressed grief over the horrible massacre of 16 Nigerian Army personnel who were on a peace mission to Okuoma Community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Oba Ewuare II sent his condolences to victims of the recent tragedy when the 4-Brigade Commander of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Ebenezer Oduyebo paid a courtesy visit to his Palace in Benin City, Edo State.

While clarifying that there is no justification for the killings, Oba Ewuare II, called on Nigerians to support bereaved families of slain personnel to overcome the grief, insisting that there is
nothing to sound pedagogic about.

The traditional ruler also expressed his best wishes to the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Taoreed Lagbaja for his enduring dedication to duty.

Oba Ewuare II said, “I think the Army should be appreciated by Nigerians a lot for what they are doing. I want to quickly express our condolences to the Army on the killings that happened recently in Okuoma. It was terrible!

“We have heard different versions of what happened. Whatever story they are going to say doesn’t really justify the soldiers been killed like that.

“I think Nigerians should support the Army. The Army is being seen to be discipline. It is a Force to be reckoned with, and should not be treated anyhow”, according to the Oba.

The Benin monarch, thereafter prayed God and his ancestors to protect the Nigeria Armed Forces and other security agents along with their families from harm’s way.

Earlier in his remarks, the 4-Brigade Commander of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Ebenezer Oduyebo, pledged his loyalty to Oba Ewuare II for adding a touch of glamour to Royalty and solicited for his blessings, prayer and cooperation.

The military officer said his prayer request was necessitated by Command philosophy’ of the Chief of Army Staff, with highly motivated Forces that discharge its Constitutional responsibilities.

Highpoint of the visit was a presentation of a plaque to the Royal parsonage by Brigadier-General Ebenezer Oduyebo, who assumed duty at the 4-Brigade headquarters in Benin City on 12th January 2024.

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