Amnesty Knocks Military Over ‘Unacceptable’ Kaduna Bombing

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Amnesty International has condemned the Nigerian military for the inadvertent airstrike that killed over 85 residents and injured numerous others on Sunday in Tudun Biri village in Kaduna State‘s Igabi Local Government Area.

The “persistent unlawful killings of civilians” by military air attacks were condemned as “unacceptable” by the rights group.

Amnesty International accused the Nigerian military of covering up the incident and demanded that justice be done.

“The Nigerian military has since put out two contradictory explanations. An initial statement by the Nigerian army in Kaduna said the air strike was a mistake. This was followed by a statement from Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters claiming that suspected bandits had embedded with civilians.

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The victims were buried in two mass graves on December 4, 2023.

“The Nigerian military’s recklessness is a result of the authorities’ consistent failure to hold them to account for a long list of such atrocities. These unlawful killings of civilians cannot be swept under the carpet,” said Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Isa Sanusi.

According to Amnesty International, the President Bola Tinubu government must immediately establish an independent investigation into the Tudun Biri village air attack and, if the investigations reveal criminal culpability, ensure that those suspected of being involved are brought to account in fair trials. “Victims and their families must be provided with access to justice and effective remedies,” it stated.

According to Amnesty International, air attacks with devastating repercussions for civilians are becoming regular, and this heinous trend must be reversed.

On December 18, 2022, a Nigerian Air Force air attack in Mutumji village, Zamfara State, killed 64 people. On January 24, 2023, a military air strike in the Doma district of Nasarawa State killed about 40 herders. In January 2023, a military air attack in Galadima Kogo, Niger State, central Nigeria, killed hundreds of vigilantes. This is the worst air strike since the one on Rann village in 2017, which killed 115 people.

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Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.