The accidental bombing in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State by the Nigerian Army on Sunday triggered nationwide outrage on Monday, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of multiple villagers.
During the celebration of Maulud, an Islamic event, the military mistakenly dropped bombs on the villagers, assuming them to be terrorists. This incident has drawn widespread condemnation from both local and international communities.
Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the Army’s acknowledgment of responsibility for the airstrike.
While the National Emergency Management Agency reported a death toll of 85 in an official statement on Monday night, Senator Shehu Sani expressed that around 150 individuals lost their lives in the airstrike, being among the first to bring attention to the tragedy.
In response, prominent figures like the People’s Democratic Party chieftain and former media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Fani-Kayode, have called this event a tragic, condemnable act that demands justice for the victims.
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Bashir Ahmed, a former media aide to the immediate past President, questioned the military’s justification for mistakenly causing the deaths of 126 civilians, emphasizing the need for accountability and prevention of such tragedies in the future.
Offering a perspective on the situation, security expert Mr. Akogwu John expressed shock at the Army’s actions, highlighting the need for thorough investigation and accountability. John emphasized the importance of proper reconnaissance before military actions and urged the Army to disclose the identities of those involved in the operation.
The incident has raised concerns about the military’s actions, prompting calls for transparency, accountability, and measures to prevent similar occurrences in the future.