NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM DEMANDS THOROUGH INVESTIGATION INTO TUNTUN BIRI BOMBING
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on December 5, 2023
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has voiced its deep concern over the Nigerian Army’s accidental bombing of Tundun Biri village in Kaduna State on Sunday, which tragically claimed the lives of numerous innocent civilians. The forum, through a statement issued by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Mallam Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, has called for a comprehensive and transparent investigation into this devastating incident.
While acknowledging the Kaduna State government’s pledge to compensate the victims and their families, the NEF emphasizes that justice goes beyond mere financial compensation. A thorough investigation is crucial to ensure accountability for the loss of life, prevent similar tragedies in the future, and uphold the fundamental rights of civilians enshrined in national and international laws.
According to Suleiman, the investigation must delve into potential negligence or misconduct that may have contributed to the bombing. Holding those responsible accountable is vital to demonstrate a commitment to transparency and build trust within the communities affected. The investigation should also examine potential systemic failures, gaps in training, or inadequate protocols that might have played a role in this accident. Identifying and addressing these shortcomings will help prevent future occurrences and safeguard the lives of innocent civilians.
The NEF’s call for a thorough and impartial investigation reflects the gravity of this incident and its profound impact on the lives of countless individuals. By ensuring accountability and implementing necessary changes, the authorities can work towards preventing such tragedies from happening again. This will contribute to fostering a safer and more just society for all Nigerians.