Tinubu regrets bombing of Kaduna village, orders immediate inquest
President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, expressed sadness over the accidental bombing of a Kaduna village, Tudun Biri as death toll over the incident spiked.
Reports by the villagers indicated that the death toll has peaked to over 100 as hundreds more sustain grievous body harm.
The president who described the incident as deeply regrettable ordered immediate inquest.
Tinubu also sent a delegation led by the Minister of Defence for State, Bello Matawalle to the state to condole with the government and citizens of the state.
This was contained in a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau on Tuesday night.
The statement read, “In response to the regrettable incident at Tudun Biri community in Kaduna state, President Bola Tinubu, has swiftly dispatched a high-level delegation to convey heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Kaduna.
“Led by the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Matawalle, the delegation met with Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, members of Kaduna state security committee, and religious leaders to express solidarity and empathy during this challenging time.”
While reassuring the Federal Government’s resolve to prevent such incidents in the future, he said a thorough investigation would be conducted to determine the circumstances leading to the incident.
”Matawalle emphasized the need for a thorough investigation to determine the facts surrounding the incident. He assured the public that the findings would be transparently communicated, reaffirming the federal government’s commitment to preventing future occurrences. The Minister appealed for cooperation, calm, and continued support for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“Matawalle extended prayers for the souls of the departed and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. He urged religious leaders to enlighten their followers, emphasizing that the incident was an operational error deeply regretted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria, which remains unwavering in its mandate to secure every part of the country, ” the statement added.
Responding, Kaduna state Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the prompt delegation visit.
She highlighted the state government’s continuous engagement with the affected community and religious leaders to maintain peace and mitigate tensions.
The delegation also visited the Kaduna Nursing Home to extend well wishes to the wounded.
Among the delegation were Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence; General Christopher Gwabin Musa, Chief of Defence Staff; Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff, and other distinguished members.
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