The demand for justice for the victims of the mistaken army airstrike in Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna State has gained the support of the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.
He expressed his determination to continue advocating for justice until it is served to the people.
The Sultan made this statement during the 25th anniversary celebration of the 11th Emir of Jama’a, Alhaji Muhammad Isa Muhammad, held at the Emir’s Palace in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
It was agreed by others present at the event that this was an opportunity for the people of Southern Kaduna to come together and work towards peace in the region.
The airstrike resulted in the tragic loss of 85 lives and numerous injuries.
The Nigerian Army has apologized for the accidental airstrike and assured that measures will be taken to prevent such incidents from happening again.
Vice President Kashim Shettima, during his visit to Kaduna, assured that the Federal Government is committed to thoroughly investigating the incident and holding those responsible accountable.
He also pledged the support of the Federal Government to the victims of the incident.
“There is no gain in dwelling too much on this incident that has happened. I am here because the President is deeply concerned; he was deeply touched by what happened.
“Let’s not talk about the numbers, one life lost in cold blood is as gruesome as millions lost in a pogrom. The heart of the President is with the bereaved families. We were at the hospital to sympathise with the victims and be rest assured that the Federal Government stands by the community affected and the government and people of Kaduna State on this unfortunate incident.
“It is already directed by Mr President, an investigation is being conducted with a view to preventing a re-occurrence of the incident and we expect a report to be submitted in the shortest possible time,” Shettima said days after the incident threw the nation into mourning.
The Federal Government has plans to reconstruct Tudun Biri village, as mentioned by the Vice President. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has instructed the initiation of the Pullako Initiative in Kaduna State.
This initiative will encompass various components such as housing, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, veterinary clinics, empowerment programs, and solar energy, among others.
These efforts aim to provide compensation for the damages caused by the drone misfire in Tudun Biri community.