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Reps panel to ‘closely monitor’ investigations into Kaduna bombing

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The house of representatives committee on defence says it will “closely monitor” investigations into the military air strikes on Tudun Biri village in Igabi LGA of Kaduna.

On Sunday, the military air strikes targeted at terrorists killed many locals celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

The death toll from the miscalculated air strike has now reportedly surpassed 100.

In a statement issued on Friday, Babajimi Benson, chairman of the committee, described the incident as “unfortunate”, saying it casts a “sombre mood” over the hearts of all Nigerians.

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Benson said the committee is “profoundly saddened” by the “regrettable incident”.

“The loss of innocent lives in this tragic incident is heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families,” the statement reads.

Benson said the accidental air strike “underscores the significance” of exercising “caution and precision” in military operations, particularly in areas with civilian populations.

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The committee asked the army and other security agencies to prioritise the safety of civilians during operations and implement measures to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

“In our thorough examination of this incident, the committee acknowledges the complexities encountered by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in upholding security and addressing diverse threats across the country,” the committee said.

“We express commendation for the dedication and sacrifice exhibited by the Armed Forces and other security agencies in the service of our nation.

“It remains crucial for the public to steadfastly support our troops, acknowledging the intricate nature of the security environment in which they operate.”

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The committee said it will “closely monitor the investigations and work collaboratively with the military authorities to ensure that corrective measures are implemented to prevent the recurrence of such unfortunate incidents”.

The panel commended all Nigerians who have supported the victims of the air strike.

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