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Tinubu orders investigation into Kaduna bombing

Tinubu directs the recitation of the National Pledge at official engagements

…As group tasks military

President Bola Tinubu has ordered a probe into the bombing of a village, in Kaduna State.

This is contained in a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that the president directed a thorough and full-fledged investigation into the incident and called for calm while the authorities looked into the mishap.

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Ngelale said Tinubu also directed swift and comprehensive medical attention for surviving victims while praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased.

He added that the president sympathised with the families of the victims, the people and the government of Kaduna State over the mishap.

“President Tinubu describes the incident as very unfortunate, disturbing, and painful, expressing indignation and grief over the tragic loss of Nigerian lives.

Meanwhile, Jam’iyyatu Ansariddeen (Attijjaniyya), an Islamic group has urged the Nigerian Army to conduct a fair, impartial and comprehensive investigation to ascertain the truth behind the bombing.

Saiyadi Yahaya, the national secretary of the group, made the call at a news briefing on Tuesday in Abuja. Yahaya also demanded transparency and accountability in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

According to him, no one should be above the law, and those responsible must be held accountable, regardless of their position or rank.

He also advised the Federal Government to establish a fair and efficient compensation mechanism for the families affected by the tragedy.

Similarly, Yahaya canvassed for financial and emotional support to the affected community intending to rebuild their lives to cope with the immense loss they suffered.

He said, “As the national secretary of Jam’iyyatu Ansariddeen whose members were affected by the tragic killing of innocent civilians in Tudun Biri Village, Kaduna State.

“I stand before you to express our collective grief, demand justice and propose recommendations to prevent future occurrences.

We urge the Nigerian Army to promptly initiate an impartial and independent investigation into the incident.

“This investigation should be transparent, with regular updates provided to the affected families and the public.”

Yahaya also urged the Nigerian Army to reassess and reinforce rules of engagement for their personnel, particularly when it comes to the deployment of military drones.

He added, “It is essential to improve the training and education of the military personnel regarding human rights and protection of civilian lives.

“Emphasising empathy, respect for diversity and cultural sensitivity can help prevent future incidents of this nature.”

Yahaya extended the condolences of the group to the families who lost their loved ones in the incident.

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He said, “No words can alleviate the pain they are enduring, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”

The Defence Headquarters said the drone attack in the affected community was based on information about the untowards activities of terrorists in the area.

This is contained in a statement by the director of defence media operations, Edward Buba, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Buba said the Nigerian Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) detachment had at about 2200hrs on Sunday, observed the movement of terrorists at Ligarma, known to be a terrorist-infested area of Kaduna State.

He also said that the aerial surveillance captured the movement of groups of persons synonymous with the terrorist tactics and modus operandi.