The killing of over 90 villagers by military drones in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday has drawn condemnation from community and religious leaders from the Northern part of the country. The victims, who were celebrating Maulud, a religious festival, included women and children. More than 60 others were injured in the attack.
Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, a renowned Islamic scholar, called on President Bola Tinubak to ensure justice for the affected people and punish the officers responsible for the incident. He spoke with newsmen in Bauchi on Tuesday and demanded compensation for the survivors and the families of the deceased.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) also expressed disbelief and dismay over the military action, which it said lacked due diligence and intelligence. The Secretary-General of JNI, Professor Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, issued a statement on Tuesday, urging a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into the event.
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) joined the chorus of condemnation and appealed to the federal government to adequately compensate the victims of the army bombing. The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Professor Tukur Muhammad-Baba, said in a statement that such incidents of accidental or inadvertent military actions have happened in other communities in the past, with tragic consequences on civilians.