THE leadership of the Senate has announced the donation of its December salary amounting to 109 million naira to victims of accidental army airstrike at Tudun Biri village in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.
The Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, disclosed this during a condolence visit to the 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.
“We are all worried. We are all disturbed but the only thing we can say now is that the Almighty Allah grant those who lost their lives rest, and those who sustained different degrees of injuries quick recovery.
“We are here to show our solidarity and to show the fact that we stand by the government of Kaduna state and indeed the entire people of this state, particularly, the people of Tudun Biri in this trying period that the state is experiencing.”
On his part, the governor, while thanking the senators for their show of 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 recently in an attack by the military on Tundun Biri village, Kaduna state. The villagers had been 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 according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 85 corpses were recovered from the scene of the attack.