Following the admission by the Nigerian Army that it mistakenly bombed and killed 30 residents of Tudun Biri, mistaking them for terrorists, President Bola Tinubu has sympathised with the families of victims, the people and government of Kaduna State over the mishap.
Tinubu describes the incident as very unfortunate, disturbing, and painful, expressing indignation and grief over the tragic loss of Nigerian lives.
He directs a thorough and full-fledged investigation into the incident and calls for calm while the authorities look diligently into the mishap.
The President also directs swift and comprehensive medical attention for surviving victims while praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased.
The Nigerian Army took responsibility for Sunday’s Air Strike that left many villagers killed and several others injured.
Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, at the end of an emergency security meeting on Monday, presided over by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, with heads of security agencies, religious and traditional leaders in attendance, said that the circumstances which led to the unfortunate and unintended attack were explained.
Said Aruwan: “The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Valentine Okoro explained that the Nigerian Army was on a routine mission against terrorists but inadvertently affected members of the community.
“The Deputy Governor at the end of the closed-door meeting, conveyed the condolences of the Government and People of Kaduna State to the families that lost their loved ones, and prayed for the repose of the victims’ souls.
“As of the time of this update, search-and-rescue efforts are still ongoing, as dozens of injured victims have been evacuated to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital by the Government.”