The Defence Headquarters Board of Inquiry, constituted to investigate the killing of 17 soldiers at Okuama, Delta State, is scheduled to commence sitting on Wednesday, April 10, in Warri.

The Chairman of the Board, Air Vice Marshal David Ajayi, in a chat with the state Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori in Warri said: “We are on a fact-finding mission and not to apportion blame”.

#OkuamaMassacre: Army Board Begins Sitting In Warri. Okuama
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“We are here to gather facts from security agencies, community leaders, and community dwellers.

“This report will also help us to ensure healthy communication.

“It will enhance civil-military relations and ensure that economic activities thrive again in the affected communities,” he explained.

We Are Not Safe

However, Okuama leaders who spoke to journalists on the sitting of the board, said the people would not be part of the inquiry.


One leader said: “Our people cannot participate in the military inquiry because Okuama people are displaced in the bush.

“How can people come out to attend such meetings? They are not even safe now”.

Besides the Okuama leader, the community’s lawyer before the March 14 incident, Ejedegba Innocent, confirmed that Okuama people would not attend the sitting.

Okoloba People Will Be There

On the contrary, a leader of Okoloba community, which has a land dispute with Okuama, indicated that his people would participate in the inquiry today.


Meanwhile, the panel would commence sitting in the morning, and meet with Okoloba community leaders from 2 pm.

The panel would resume sitting in Bayelsa State on the issue on Friday.


Delta State government has indicated interest in presenting a position paper to the military inquiry.

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The Pere (traditional ruler) of Akugbene-mein Kingdom, Bomadi Local Government Area, HRH Kalanama VIII, revealed that they did not invite his community to the sitting.


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