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Attack On Soldiers: Okoloba community debunks twisted reports, demands retraction, apology




• Appeals for Federal, State governments intervention


By Stephen Asaba-ase


The attention of Okoloba Federated Community (OFC) has been drawn to a delibrate and maliciously misleading report in the Vanguard publication of 16 March, 2024 to the effect that irate Ijaw youths, in a gun duel, killed army officers and soldiers on a peace mission to Okuama, an Urhobo community falsely reported as Ijaw community in Bomadi LGA of Delta State.


First, we commiserate with the Nigeria Army and the families of the slain gallant officers who died in the line of duty. May God Almighty grant their souls eternal rest, Amen.


Following from the above and against the background of the Military High Command reported desire to unearth truth to guide their actions, it is pertinent to offer corrections of the deliberate distortion of facts in the report. Indeed we believe the Vanguard story is a delibrate attempt by perpetrators of this heinous crime and cold-blooded murder of personnel of the Nigeria Army and the Nigerian State. It is aimed to pass the blame on the rustic, peace- loving and law-abiding neighbouring Okoloba community in Bomadi LGA of Delta State, who have been at the receiving end of the extreme aggression, violence and the terror of the Okuama – Urhobo community for so long.


Let it be made clear that, the crisis in which the JTF intervened to sue for peace is not between two Ijaw Communities in Bomadi LGA as falsely reported in Vanguard news media to give the wrong impression that Ijaw youths supposedly fighting on both sides, were the ones that killed the military personnel. Okoloba is an Ijaw community in Bomadi LGA while Okuama is a neighbouring Urhobo community in Ughelli South LGA of Delta State. The gun duel took place in Okuama Community in Ughelli South LGA, Delta State, between the soldiers and Okuama Community youths resulting in the killing of the army personnel.


The dispute between the two neighboring Ijaw and Urhobo communities had drawn the attention of the Delta State Government wherein the Executive Governor had intervened via the office of the Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, beckoning on all parties to maintain peace. The chronicle of the dastardly acts of Okuama-Urhobo aggression over the crisis is known to the Delta State Government and security agencies in the area.


Despite the State Government intervention, the Urhobo-Okuama community, recently defied the peace deal by kidnapping one Anthony Aboh in his mother’s farm in Okoloba community and much later killed him with the corpse thrown into River Forcados.


The kidnap-cum-murder incident was promptly reported to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Nigeria Police Bomadi, Military Joint Task Force (JTF), Bomadi Division, the Department of State Services (DSS) and The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bomadi. Before the latest development, Okuama-Urhobo community had killed an Okoloba Ijaw community youth, Pigha Zipamone, in similar circumstances. We as peace- loving and law- abiding citizens, reported and handed over to the police, the corpse of Pigha Zipamone abducted from our farms by the Okuama people and mercilessly killed on March 8, 2024 with his lifeless body thrown into River Forcados on March 9, 2024. The Urhobo Okuama community had severally threatened mass murder and annihilation of Okoloba Community, boasting of stockpile of arms and ammunition and recruited mercenaries from sister Ewu-Urhobo communities in Ughelli South LGA. It is also known to the already informed law enforcement agencies that the Urhobo Okuama community attacked Okoloba community on January 27, 2024. And this was also promptly reported by the Okoloba Community to the law enforcement authorities and to the state government respectively. It is against the backdrop of these constant threats and aggression against the peace-loving and law – abiding people of Okoloba – Ijaw community and the string of attacks which we had earlier reported to the constituted authorities and the state government respectively and the recent kidnapping and gruesome murder of Okoloba sons by the heartless Okuama community that compelled us to send an SOS to the security agencies to intervene, as we are a peaceful and law-abiding Community.


The JTF in Bomadi knows the difference between Okoloba, an Ijaw community in Bomadi LGA of Delta State and the neighbouring Urhobo- Okuama community in Ughelli South LGA of Delta State. It is therefore unfortunate that Vanguard newspaper, a supposedly respected media outfit, resorted to obvious and deliberate misrepresentation and falsehood in its reportage of this dastardly and evil act against the personnel of the Nigeria Army.


We are using this medium to call on the Vanguard news media and other media organizations respectively, peddling this delibrate falsehood to immediately retract and apologize to Okoloba Community in Bomadi LGA, Delta State and the ijaw nation at large and, please stay on the path of truth. We note that the Ewu Kingdom Monarch to which Okuama is an integral part, HRM Emmanuel Okolo, has publicly acknowledged that the killing of the army personnel happened in Okuama, a community in his Kingdom.


We use this medium to commend the sincerity of the Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborovweri, in properly stating in his public reaction to the condemnable killing of the military personnel that occurred in Okuama, an Urhobo community in Ughelli South LGA, Delta State. We also like to thank the Delta State Governor for his untiring efforts in the recent past to make sure peace reigns in the state.


We once again condole with the families of the courageous officers who laid down their lives for the peace of Nigeria. We however appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Delta State Government and the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies not to rest on their oars despite the horrific carnage carried out by the Urhobo people of Okuama. The aggression and carnage displayed by the Okuama people in the unprovoked attack on the peace-seeking army personnel reveals an eerie and frightening fate that awaits the defenceless and peace-loving Okoloba Ijaw people! We beseech government to save our souls!


Longlive Okoloba Federated Community(OFC)!

Longlive Bomadi LGA!

Longlive Delta State!

Longlive the Federal Republic of Nigeria!



Mr Clement Koki,


Okoloba Federated Community




1. The President & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria


2. The Executive Governor of Delta


3. The National Security Adviser(NSA)


4. The Chief of Defense Staff(CDS)


5. The Chief of Army Staff(COAS)


6. The Inspector General of Police (IGP)


5. The Department of State Security Services(DSSS).