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Tinubu mourns 5 slain soldiers in Aba, directs security agencies to fish out masterminds of killing, sit-at-home IPOB supportersnts

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,, GCFR

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu expresses condolences to families of the five slain soldiers in Aba, Abia State of Nigeria, their colleagues, and the leadership of Nigerian Armed Forces, directing security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the attack, as well as IPOB leaders forcing people to sit at home in the South-East

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has expressed his condolences to the families of the five slain soldiers in Aba, Abia State, their colleagues, and the leadership of Nigerian Armed Forces.

The President, who stated this in a statement he personally signed and issued Saturday, June 1, 2024, in Abuja, FCT, urged other men and women on peacekeeping duty not to be discouraged by the unfortunate incident in Aba, South-East Nigeria.

Tinubu stated: “I have received yet another disheartening news of the killing of five soldiers by suspected militants of the proscribed terrorist organisation, IPOB.

“The slain soldiers were on peacekeeping duty in Aba, Abia State on Thursday when they were murdered, just two months after a similar tragic incident happened, in Okuama, in Delta State.”

Tinubu, however, warned the masterminds and perpetrators of the killing of soldiers and members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) asking people to sit at home in the South-East.

He stated: “The Federal Government will come down heavily against those who have made it a habit to needlessly attack the officers and men of our Armed Forces.”

The Commander-in-Chief also noted that the “unwarranted barbaric and evil acts stand condemned and should never be condoned and tolerated in our country.”

He affirmed that Nigerian soldiers and the Police have the onerous duty to protect all of everyone from aggressors and non-state actors.

“Hundreds of them have paid the ultimate price in fulfilment of their duty, while some have experienced the indignity of being manhandled by the people they protect.

“They surely do not deserve the mindless attacks by unruly elements in our society.”

The President further said: “On no account should anyone, under any guise, have the audacity to kill agents of state.

“I want to make it clear that the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the armed forces have the capacity to crush violent non-state actors, making our communities unsafe.”

Tinubu, therefore, urged security agencies to not only fish out the masterminds and perpetrators of the Aba attack, but also those calling on people to stay at home.

“Their action is nothing but a treasonable offence,” he declared.

According to the Commander-in-Chief, the fact that the country’s security forces are exercising necessary restraints should not be mistaken for weakness.

The President assured Nigerians: “We are working to build a peaceful and harmonious society, but nobody should be under any illusion that the government will not act appropriately when the lives of our officers and men are wantonly taken.”

He added: “While my condolences go to the families of the five slain soldiers, their colleagues and the leadership of our armed forces, I urge other men and women on peacekeeping duty not to be discouraged by the unfortunate incident in Aba.”

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