Buhari reacts to killings of US embassy staff in Anambra

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed condolences over the loss of lives of two United States embassy officials and two Nigerian police officers accompanying them in an attack by gunmen in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Francisca Omayuli, on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Recall that on Tuesday night, the convoy of the US embassy officials who were on a humanitarian mission in the state came under fire while they were passing through the area.

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The president who described the incident as an unfortunate one, also prayed to God to give the families of the deceased the strength to bear the unfortunate losses.

The statement read, “The Federal Government received with dismay the sad news of the attack on the convoy of the staffers of the US Consulate on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

“The unfortunate incident, which led to the death of two policemen and two locally recruited staff of the Consulate is condemnable and most regrettable.

“While an investigation is ongoing to fish out the culprits and bring them to book, the Federal Government extends its sympathies and condolences to the families of the deceased as well as to the United States Consulate and Mission in Nigeria over the unfortunate incident.

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“The Federal Government remains undaunted by this sad development and reiterates its commitment to the continued fight against all forms of crime and criminality in the country.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has blamed the United States Embassy for the gunmen’s attack on its staff in Anambra state.

Reacting to the development, Tochukwu Ikenga, a spokesman for the Anambra police command in a statement said the US Embassy ought to have sought a security pass before entering Anambra — a violence-prone area in the southeastern region of Nigeria.

“The command, while reacting to the situation, regrets that a convoy of such or any related will enter the state without recourse to the police in the area or any security agency,” he said.

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