The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of four soldiers by gunmen in Letugene, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the spokesperson of Operation Delta Safe, Major Victor Olukoya.
The army explained that troops were on their routine duty in the area when they were ambushed by the gunmen on Sunday, February 16th leading to the death of the soldiers.
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“Troops while carrying out their routine duty within its area of responsibility on Sunday 16 February 2020 at about 6:00 p.m. were ambushed by gunmen and killed.
“Four soldiers were killed in action. However, an investigation is ongoing to ascertain the person’s or groups behind the attack,” the statement read in part.
The army in the statement also denied online reports claiming that the troops invaded the community following the attack and killing of the soldiers.
“It is important to state here that contrary to an online report; the men of OPDS did not invade any community in Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa state as a result of the incident.
“Please be informed that the Nigerian Military is an organised and disciplined force and all its operations are guided by codes of conduct and rules of engagement.”
It explained further that the Commander Operation Delta Safe along with the Commander 16 Brigade and Commander Sector 2, embarked on an operational visit to Letugene, and some other communities in the local government area after the incident and observed that the areas were peaceful.