Irabor Urges Military Limit Aid to Civil Authorities in Delta Bloodshed

Retired Gen. Lucky Irabor, the former Chief of Defence Staff, has emphasized the need for thorough analysis and discussions concerning the recent killings of soldiers in Delta State. The tragic incident saw 17 military personnel, including four officers and 13 soldiers from the 181 Amphibious Battalion, ambushed and killed by irate youths during a communal clash over a land dispute in Bomadi and Okuoma communities.

Addressing attendees at the Chief of Defence Staff Joint Task Force Commanders Conference in Abuja, Irabor condemned the gruesome manner in which the military personnel were slain. He stressed the importance of exploring limitations on military assistance to civil authorities to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Irabor highlighted the necessity for the military to avoid complacency during non-kinetic operations and community engagements to uphold its integrity. He urged the conference to examine viable options to maintain professional excellence and curb the alarming trend of diminishing public trust in the armed forces.

Meanwhile, Gen. Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, underscored the evolving nature of insecurity in Nigeria, emphasizing the interconnectedness of national security challenges with global security trends. Similarly, Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo stressed the importance of building strong relationships with border communities to enhance border security and overall national defense.

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