The accidental bombing of Tundun Biri in Kaduna State by the Nigerian Army on Sunday has raised significant concerns for the safety and well-being of individuals in conflict areas, as emphasized by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF).
NEF urged for a thorough investigation into the tragic incident that resulted in the loss of numerous innocent lives. Mallam Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, NEF’s Director of Publicity and Advocacy, conveyed in a statement on Tuesday the forum’s acknowledgment of the swift response by the Kaduna State Government, assuring compensation for the victims.
“However, beyond compensating the victims, a comprehensive investigation is imperative to ensure justice for the affected civilians, prevent similar occurrences, and uphold human rights and international humanitarian principles,” Suleiman remarked.
Highlighting the necessity of a detailed inquiry into the unintentional bombing, he stressed its pivotal role in averting future accidents. Suleiman emphasized that such an investigation could uncover systemic flaws, deficiencies in training, or inadequate practices that might have contributed to the unfortunate incident by scrutinizing the circumstances leading to the tragedy.
Moreover, he underlined that armed with this understanding, the military could implement crucial reforms including improved coordination, enhanced intelligence gathering, and stricter adherence to engagement protocols.
“These measures are vital in minimizing the risk of accidental bombings and safeguarding civilian lives during military operations. An investigation aligns with the fundamental tenets of human rights and international humanitarian law,” he added