The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Tuesday expressed shock over Sunday’s army drone attack on Tudun Biri in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.
Consequently, the ACF and Northern Elders Forum (NEF) have called for full investigation to unearth the circumstances surrounding the attack and forestall a reoccurrence.
The NEF and Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), both condemned the attack on Muslims celebrating Maulud Nabiyyi at Tudun Biri that left over 85 residents dead and 66 others with various degree of injury. The two bodies also joined ACF in seeking thorough investigation, adding that perpetrators must not go unpunished.
ACF in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Prof. T. A. Muhammad-Baba, said, “The ACF is shocked to learn of the horrific armed drone attack on a group of people on a Maulud procession at Tudun Biri community, Afaka Ward, near Rigasa, in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state, in the evening of Sunday, December 3, 2023. The Nigerian Army has since admitted responsibility for the attack said to have occurred when troops were on a routine military mission. The army authorities remain mute about casualty figures, even if tentative.
“…Further action must be taken, involving a full, thorough, honest and open investigation of the incident, to establish what exactly happened, who was involved and how, the number of lives lost and injured; etc. Any and all those found guilty of professional or operational incompetence must be severely disciplined, and transparently so.
“The investigation must be undertaken with the full participation of the people of the affected community. Kaduna state government has a duty to act to protect the interest of the victims and not the Nigerian Army personnel that perpetrated the incident. Full compensation must be paid for the dead in accordance with current Islamic diya value for individual lives.”
NEF in a statement signed by its Director Publicity and Advocacy/ Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said, “the NEF finds the recent “accidental” bombing by the Nigerian military during an operation against bandits in a Kaduna village
a matter of serious concern regarding the safety and well-being of civilians in conflict zones. A thorough investigation is essential to ensure justice for the affected civilians and prevent future occurrence.”
AYCF President General, Comrade Shettima Yerima, said, “It is particularly sad that a security agency whose primary responsibility is to protect lives and properties are now the one killing the people on the guise of’mistake.”