Kaduna Bomb Tragedy: Northern Group Urges military to Review its Rules of Engagement
By Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna
Tracereporters –To avoid further recurrence of the Kaduna Bomb Tragedy, the Northern Coalition of Social-Political Group has urged the Nigeria Military to review it’s rules of engagement.
Alhaji Balarebe Lawal Zaria, the Deputy National President Northern Coalition Socio-Political Group stated this in a press conference held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) press Center on Friday.
reacting to issues surrounding the
accidental bombing of KADUNA villagers allegedly carried out by Nigerian
Army, called on their brothers from AREWA GROUP to avoid bringing
the issue of religion and ethnicity in what happened (bombing at Tudun-Biri)
The group also join the United Nations, ACF, JNI and other organizations to demand full, thorough, honest, and open investigation of the incident, to establish what exactly happened, while we urged the military to review its rules of engagement to avoid the recurrence of an airstrike on a community in Kaduna State that killed several civilians.
According to him, “We are deeply saddened over the tragic incident that occurred at Tudun-Biri village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, during a Maulud celebration, as was reported.
“Most saddening was that the incident occured at about 10pm when a large
number of Muslims celebrating Maulud, the birthday of Muhammad.
“However, from the information gathered, the Nigerian Army was on a routine
mission against terrorists, but inadvertently affected members of the community leaving several citizens dead and many others injured.
“As at today, the death toll from the incident as at Wednesday had increased to 127 as officials of Amnesty International who visited the affected communities confirmed the increase in the death toll with scores of injured persons were taken to the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital in Kaduna.
“We members off the NORTHERN COALITION OF SOCI0-POLITICAL
GROUP, therefore, wishes to commiserate with the Muslim Ummah as many of the affected who were said to be celebrating the Maulud.We also commiserate with Kaduna state government and families of victims, praying that “God grant the dead peace.”
“The devastating impact on lives and emotional effects are better imagined,
therefore, we are urging the government and international communities to assist
members of the community, especially victims’ families to cushion the effect of
the bomb attack.
“Of course, it is natural for such incident to attract condemnation, little wonder.,
the pan-Northern political and cultural association, the Arewa Consultative
Forum, and the Jama’tu Nasril Islam have added their voices with calls for those found culpable to be punished.
“However, it is too early and out of place for anyone to give the incident an ethnic
or religious coloration when investigations about the circumstances surrounding the bombing are still ongoing.
“For us, the religious and political leaders demanding for the sack the Chief of
Defense Staff; the Chief of Army Staff, other service chiefs and the GOC are
unnecessarily steering up tension. We want peace and tranquility to despite the
ugly incident.
“As mark of concern, we have seen both the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General
Christopher Musa and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General
Taoreed Lagbaja, visited deceased victims’ families and injured ones in hospitals in Kaduna.
“The group and few other people who have embarked on campaign of calumny
should please stop pointing accusations at the chief of Defence, we therefore
calling the good people of Kaduna and Nigeria in general to avoid bringing up
the issue of religious, ethnicity and sentiment. It is worthy of note to say, the chief of Defence staff is not for the Southern Kaduna or Kaduna Christian or Muslim rather for the whole nation.
“We are therefore calling on our brothers from AREWA GROUP to avoid bringing
the issue of religion and ethnicity in what happened (bombing at Tudun-Biri)
Meanwhile, we are joining United Nations, ACF, INI and other organizations to demand full, thorough, honest, and open investigation of the incident, to establish what exactly happened, while we urged the military to review its rules of engagement to avoid the recurrence of an airstrike on a community in Kaduna State that killed several civilians.

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