The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said that Sunday’s ‘accidental’ bombing of Tundun Biri in Kaduna State by the Nigerian Army is a matter of serious concern regarding the safety and well-being of civilians in conflict zones.
The forum demands a thorough investigation into the incident which claimed the lives of dozens of innocent civilians.
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Director Publicity and Advocacy of NEF, Mallam Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the elders understood that the Kaduna State government had risen to the occasion and pledged that the victims of the strike would be compensated.
“However beyond compensation for the victims, a thorough investigation is essential to ensure justice for the affected civilians, prevent future occurrences, and uphold the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law.
“By identifying the causes and circumstances surrounding the incident, the investigation can determine whether any negligence or misconduct occurred, holding those responsible accountable.
“This will provide a sense of closure and compensation to the victims, fostering trust between the military and the civilian population,” Suleiman said.
He said that conducting a thorough investigation into the accidental bombing is essential to preventing similar incidents in the future.
The NEF spokesman said that by analyzing the circumstances that led to the tragedy, the investigation could identify any systemic failures, gaps in training, or inadequate protocols that may have contributed to the accident.
He also said that armed with this knowledge, the military can implement necessary reforms, such as improved coordination, enhanced intelligence gathering and stricter adherence to rules of engagement.
“These measures will minimize the risk of accidental bombings and protect civilian lives during military operations. An investigation aligns with the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law.
“NEF condoles the families of the affected civilians as well the Kaduna State government for the unfortunate and regrettable incident,” Suleiman said.