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Northern elders demand probe of Kaduna bombing

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The Northern Elders Forum has expressed deep concern over the accidental bombing of Tundun Biri in Kaduna State by the Nigerian Army on Sunday, calling for a thorough investigation into the incident that claimed the lives of several innocent civilians.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the forum’s Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Mallam Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, acknowledged the Kaduna State government’s pledge to compensate the victims’ families but stressed the importance of a transparent investigation to ensure justice and prevent future tragedies.

“Beyond compensation, a thorough investigation is essential to hold those responsible accountable, provide closure to the victims’ families, and rebuild trust between the military and the civilian population,” Suleiman emphasized.

“However beyond compensation for the victims, a thorough investigation is essential to ensure justice for the affected civilians, prevent future occurrences, and uphold the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law.

“By identifying the causes and circumstances surrounding the incident, the investigation can determine whether any negligence or misconduct occurred, holding those responsible accountable.

“This will provide a sense of closure and compensation to the victims, fostering trust between the military and the civilian population,” Suleiman said.

Suleiman pointed out that analyzing the circumstances could reveal systemic flaws, inadequate training, or unclear protocols that may have contributed to the accident. Armed with this knowledge, the military could implement reforms to improve coordination, enhance intelligence gathering, and ensure stricter adherence to rules of engagement.

“These measures are crucial to minimizing the risk of accidental bombings and protecting civilian lives during military operations,” he stated, reiterating that such an investigation is not only necessary but also aligns with principles of human rights and international humanitarian law.

The NEF offered its condolences to the families of the victims and the Kaduna State government for the unfortunate loss.

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