Peter Obi visits Kaduna airstrike victims, calls for investigation

THE Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, has urged the Federal Government to investigate the military bombing at Tudun Biri village in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state that claimed scores of lives on Sunday, December 3.

Obi also advised the government to provide the military and other security agencies enough funding to improve their operations. 

The former Anambra state governor said this when he visited the attack victims on Tuesday, December 12, at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, in Kaduna.

He claimed that over 500 people had died from 16 accidental military bombs in the country.

He further alleged that the Federal Government had done nothing to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

Obi asked the government to support the nation’s armed forces in order to prevent the tragedy from recurring.

He said the armed forces needed enough funding to handle the security risks the nation faces now and in the future.

He supported calls for an investigation into the military airstrike as well as the creation of a foundation to care for the victims of the Tudun Biri drone attack, particularly the orphans left behind.

In addition, he donated N5 million to help injured victims get treatment.

The ICIR reported that the leadership of the Nigeria Senate donated its December salary amounting to 109 million naira to  attack victims..

The Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, disclosed this during a condolence visit to the Kaduna state Governor Uba Sani at the state Government House on Sunday, December 9, 2023.

 Barau, who represented the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, said the National Assembly would collaborate with the presidency to unravel the circumstances surrounding the accidental bombing of the victims in order to avert a recurrence.

On his part, the governor, while thanking the senators for their empathy for the victims, called on the National Assembly to support the Federal Government in probing the attack.

He also appealed to the federal legislators to review the agitation for the creation of state Police to strengthen security at all levels.






     

     

    The ICIR reported that no fewer than 85 unarmed civilians were killed in an attack by the military on Tundun Biri village, Kaduna state.

    The villagers were celebrating the Maulud Nabiyy (the birth of Prophet Muhammad) in the late hours of Sunday, December 3, when they were bombed.

    The Nigerian Army took responsibility for the bombing and described it as accidental.

    According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 85 corpses were recovered from the attack scene.

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