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UPDATED: Report On Kaduna Military Bombing Will Be Made Public – CDS

Eighty-five people were confirmed dead in the accidental air strike in the Igabi council area of the North-West state some weeks back with scores injured. 


The army airstrike killed over 85 people

 

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Christopher Musa says the investigation over the Kaduna accidental military airstrike will soon be out and also made public. 

Eighty-five people were confirmed dead in the accidental air strike in the Igabi council area of the North-West state some weeks back with scores injured.

In the wake of the incident, President Bola Tinubu ordered a probe into the matter with the CDS saying the outcome of the investigation is expected soon.

“Very well. It [report] is going to be made public. The Federal Government is already in charge, it is working on it, and I am sure the announcement will come very soon,” he said on Tuesday’s edition of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

The defence chief also assured that anyone found culpable in the mishap will face the law.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is solidly behind the Federal Government and Nigeria. Our mandate is to defend democracy and we will continue to do that. So, nobody should have any fear. We would make amends after the committee [to probe the matter] has come up [with its report]. Anybody who is found culpable will face the music,” he added.

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He said: “We are sincere, we are fair, we are impartial. We want to know what actually happened so that we can make amends. I can assure you that nothing will be swept under the carpet”.

While apologising for the airstrike, he said the military “feel extremely very bad about it” and that the “incident was never deliberate”.

“Anytime we have mistakes, we take ownership and we feel extremely very bad about it especially when we lose our troops in war,” General Christopher added, calling on Nigerians to continue in their support of troops to win the war against banditry and other crimes.

“We just want Nigerians to understand that the incident was never deliberate. We would never deliberately target our citizens. Our mandate is to protect innocent Nigerians and we will continue to do that.”

“We should not, by our actions or utterances, demoralise our troops. These guys stay awake so you can sleep,” the CDS said.

“It is easier for you to say they made a mistake; they’re not doing well. If they pull out of these locations, what happens? We will not even have a country.”

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The Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Musa on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, December 19, 2023.

 

Nigeria’s armed forces often rely on air strikes in their battle against bandit militias in the North-West and North-East of the country, where jihadists have been fighting for more than a decade.

But the latest military airstrike drew condemnations from rights groups who are calling on the Army to review its engagement and operating procedures to ensure such incidents do not happen again and to compensate the victims and their families.

Since the incident, several top government dignitaries and public figures have visited the victims in the North-West State. Vice President Kashim Shettima and Labour Party’s Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria’s Peoples Party (NNPP) were among the first set of persons to visit the victims. There have also been donations to them from several quarters.