The bombing mistake by the Army at Tudun Biri in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, which resulted in the deaths of at least 100 people, will not have an impact on the fight against banditry and terrorism, according to Minister of State for Defence Dr. Mohammed Bello, Matawallen Maradun.
The peasants were mistaken for bandits by the troops.
Leading a high-level delegation from the Federal Government, Bello addressed the victims during a condolence visit in Kaduna. Among those in attendance were Dr. Ibrahim Kana, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, and Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa.
The minister spoke as death toll of the bombing error rose to 127 with the United Nations deploring the sad incident, while a civil society group, the Building Blocks for Peace Foundation, BBFORPEACE, sought a comprehensive revamp of the nation’s security architecture.
Expressing Federal Governments’ condolences to the victims of the mishap, Matawalle said that despite the unfortunate incident, the fight against insurgency and terrorism must continue.
“We are not going to relent in our fight against terrorism because these criminals must be defeated. We are going to continue fighting the criminals till we succeed against banditry and other criminalities in this country,” he said.
He said that President Bola Tinubu had directed that he lead a high-level delegation to pay condolence visit to the good people and government of Kaduna State over the sad event as well as families of the victims, both those that died and the ones receiving treatment in hospitals.
Accordingly, the Minister visited the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital in Kaduna, where injured victims were receiving treatment and the Government House, Kaduna.
The former Zamfara governor assured the state government that the Federal Government will do everything possible to support families of the victims and set up a powerful panel of inquiry to ascertain the cause of the incident to prevent future occurrence.
Responding, Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State, represented by his deputy, Hadiza Balarabe, also offered heartfelt sympathies to the affected families and pledged unwavering support to the families of victims.
She said while they await the findings from the panel of inquiry, the support of Federal Government in taking care of the victims was needed, saying that the state government alone cannot meet their needs.
The state government on its part has been able to maintain calm in the state in the face of the terrible incidence.
“We have had engagement with clerics in the state to seek their support in talking with the affected communities for their understanding in order to douse the tension caused by this sad event,” she said.