Fish Out Amanghein; Niger Delta Group Tells Chief of Army Staff.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoheed Lagbaja

Fish Out Amanghein;
Niger Delta Group Tells Chief of Army Staff.

….Urge them to shift search to Bayelsa Government House.

The Urhobo Renaissance Assembly has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoheed Lagbaja to tackle headlong the search for Endurance Okodeh alias Amanghein and his co- militants who killed four army officers including twelve soldiers in Okuama tragedy to the. Bayelsa Government House were they are been kept in protective custody.

Read: Okuama Massacre: Military Authorities Beam Search Light on wanted leader of killer gang to Bayelsa Governor, Douye Diri.

In a letter addressed to the top hierarchy of the military and released on Wednesday by the President, Austin Esiri, the group expressed sadness over the unfortunate incidence and sympathized with the families of the officers and soldiers gruesomely killed by Endurance Okodeh and his gang of dissidents in Okuama town , stating that what happened cannot be reversed.

He commiserated with the gallant officers and soldiers who were claimed, maintaining that they had paid a supreme sacrifice to the country and will remain a reference point to the nation and deltans.

He urged the military not to hesitate in bringing the known culprits to book ,as we support the ongoing military incursion into the area.

Aside the ongoing siege, we took strong exception on the current ruthless reprisal and siege on communities of Okuama and Gbamoturu, saying two wrongs cannot make a right as innocent people of both communities should not suffer the excesses of others.

 

URHOBO RENAISSANCE ASSEMBLY
72, Afiesere Road, Ughelli, Delta State

ATTENTION:

CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF
LT. GENERAL TAOHEED LAGBAJA
NIGERIAN ARMY HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA

Dear Sir,

ON-GOING MILITARY OPERATIONS TO APPREHEND ENDURANCE OKODEH, A.K.A. AMANGBEIN AND HIS ACCOMPLICES IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF 4 ARMY OFFICERS AND 12 SOLDIERS AT OKUAMA COMMUNITY, UGHELLI SOUTH LGA, DELTA STATE.

THE MILITARY AUTHORITIES SHOULD SHIFT FOCUS OF THE SEARCH TO THE BAYELSA GOVERNMENT HOUSE, YENAGOA.

“It is very sad. Words are not enough to express our deep sympathy to the Nigerian Army and the families of the officers and soldiers gruesomely murdered by one Endurance Okedoh and his gang of brigands at Okuama town, Ughelli South LGA of Delta State, on Thursday 14, 2024. It is most unfortunate that what happened cannot be reversed. ”

“May the good Lord grant the gallant officers and soldiers eternal rest. Their service and supreme sacrifice to Nigeria, our fatherland would remain indelible heart of the Nation and Deltans in particular. ”

“Apart from writing to send this open condolence, we demand that the perpetrators of the heinous crime be apprehended and brought to justice. Hence, we support the current military effort and operations to arrest the killers. ”

“We however take strong exception to the present ruthless reprisals and siege by the military on the communities of Okuama and Gbomotoru. As two wrongs don’t make a right. The innocent people of both communities should not suffer for the crime of a handful of brigands.”

“All fingers seem to point at Endurance Okedoh, aka General Amagbein of Gbomtoro community in Bayelsa State. Since the military has zeroed in on him as the culprit, the right place to apprehend him is the Bayelsa State Government House, Yenagoa.”

“Endurance Okodeh’s notoriety as a crude oil bunkerer is well known across the waterways of Bayelsa State. There are records of his brazen assaults on the Military Joint Task Force in the region that had led to the killing of military personnel and other security agents who stood on his path.”

“Available reports have it that the Commanding Officer of 181 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Bomadi, Delta State, Lt. Col. A. H Ali, who was gruesomely murdered alongside 3 officers with 12 soldiers of the battalion on Thursday, March 14th , 2024, was a cog in the wheel of Amagbein illicit crude oil business, since he assumed command of the Brigade in Bomadi.”

“The murdered Army Commander was therefore marked down for elimination by Amagbein and his boys. And he seized the opportunity of the Okuama/Okoloba crisis to execute his vengeance on the officer and his troop on that ill fated Thursday.”

“The mother of Amagbein hails from Okuama, Ughelli South LGA in Delta State, while his father is from Gbomotoru, an Ijaw community in the Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State.”

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“The search for Amagbein by the Military should go beyond Gbomotoru Community. The military operation in that axis is bound to be futile, its brunt is borne by innocent law abiding citizens of the community.”

“The operation should home – in on the Bayelsa State Government House, Yenagoa. Amagbein and his cohorts are known allies of Governor Douye Diri. The fugitive and his militants worked as thugs for Douye Diri re – election in 2023. ”

“For the above reason, the governor is very protective of Amagbein and his boys. He has now and then, played host to them in government house. They go in and out for operations for illegal operations. It is their safe Haven.”

“As valuable political allies, Gov. Diri sees this incidence as pay back time, Amagbein and his boys presently take refuse in the Government House Yenagoa. They are being shielded from justice. ”

“Hence, we implore the military efforts to apprehend him should shift focus to the Bayelsa State Government House.”

“We request that the searchlight should also be beamed on his siblings, especially the Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelesa State, Mr. Lucky Okodeh.”

“Also to be put under surveillance is the Chairman of Bayelsa State Waterways Security, Mr.Weris Tike. This would provide a lead to the whereabout of Endurance Okodeh (Amagbein) and his gang of murderers. Both men work hands in gloves with the fugitives.”

“The unleashing of anger and reprisal on innocent Ijaw and Urhobo community, is not proper. The military should stick to the Geneva Convention in operations like this. ”

 

“They Army’s trial and error tactics to arrest Amagbein and his boys, merely dissipates energy and scarce resources. The focus should be on the Bayelsa Government House.”

“It is said that when you want the eye of a fish you go to the head. There are reliable reports that point to the Bayelsa Creek Heaven as the present hideout of Amagbein and his boys.”

“Once again, the Nigerian Army should accept our heartfelt condolences for the untimely death of its personnel, wickedly plotted and executed by Amagbein.”

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