The Senate Committee on the Army has declared that the group responsible for the attack and killing of soldiers in Abia State must face pressure from the military until they are completely defeated.

In a statement issued earlier, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, asserted that the heinous act which led to the killing of some soldiers on the troops of Operation Udoka at the Obikabia Junction Checkpoint, Aba in Abia State on the 30th of May, 2024, during the Biafra Remembrance Day, was carried out by fighters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Five soldiers lost their lives in the attack. The military also confirmed the loss of six civilian lives in the crossfire.

Reacting to the sad development, in a statement signed by its chairman, Senator Abdulaziz Yar’adua, on Saturday, the Senate Committee on Army said the attack is an affront to the peace and security of our nation.

Our hearts go out to the families and colleagues of the fallen soldiers, whose sacrifice in the line of duty will not be forgotten. Each soldier lost represents a significant loss to our nation’s defence and stability.

“We urge a comprehensive investigation into this despicable attack to ensure that justice is served and those responsible are brought to account. It is imperative that the lifeline of these terrorists, the people, recognize the gravity of their actions and refrain from offering support to such destructive elements.

“The Senate Committee on Army stands in solidarity with the armed forces and affirms our unwavering support for their efforts to protect our citizens and maintain peace in the region. We call for a decisive and resolute response from the military to combat this act of terror, ensuring the group responsible faces overwhelming military pressure until their complete defeat.

“In times like these, unity, resilience, and collective resolve are paramount. We must stand together against all forms of violence and insurgency that threaten the security and stability of our beloved nation,” the statement read.


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