Nation Mourns as Nigerian Armed Forces Honor Fallen Soldiers in Delta

The Nigerian Armed Forces have commenced a three-day period of national mourning to honor the memory of 17 soldiers who tragically lost their lives in an incident involving irate youths at Okuama, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State. The solemn observance began on Monday, March 18, 2024, and will continue until March 20, 2024.

Among the fallen heroes are distinguished military personnel, including Lieutenant Colonel Abdullahi Hassan Ali, the Commanding Officer of the 181 Amphibious Battalion, Major Gembu Shafa, the Joint Task Force Commander in Bomadi, as well as another Major and a Captain. In a gesture of respect and sorrow, flags are being flown at half-mast across all military installations nationwide.

General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, issued the directive for this period of mourning, which applies to all branches of the military—the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force. “Flying the flag at half-mast is a profound symbol of our nation’s grief and a tribute to the valiant soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country,” said General Musa.

The loss of these soldiers has deeply affected the nation, prompting a collective pause to reflect on the dangers faced by those who serve and the sacrifices they make to ensure the safety and security of Nigeria.

As the country mourns, the Armed Forces reaffirm their commitment to the safety of all citizens and the relentless pursuit of peace and stability within the region

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