Bombing of Kaduna Village: General Lagbaja Expresses Regret

Bombing of Kaduna Village: General Lagbaja Expresses Regret

  • Lieutenant-General Taoreed Lagbaja, has expressed regret over the bombing and killing of some Kaduna villagers by the Nigerian army on Sunday
  • The villagers were said to be celebrating the Moulud Nabiyy when the drone attacked and killed scores of the citizens
  • But the Chief of Army Staff on Tuesday visited the village and commiserated with the people of the community while promising compensation for the victims' families

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Igabi, Kaduna - The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Taoreed Lagbaja, has expressed regret over the bombing of some Muslim worshippers at the Tudun Biri community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

General Lagbaja expressed regret during his visit to the village on Tuesday, December 5, describing the incident as a very disheartening one, according to a statement by The Nigerian Army on the same day as seen by

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Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja/Nigerian Army.Kaduna/Chief of Army Staff
Chief of Army Staff visit village bombed by military drone Photo Credit: Nigerian Army
Source: Twitter

According to the statement, the Chief of Army Staff was accompanied by the principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters and the General Officer Commanding 1 Division and met with the Dangaladima Zazau, the District Head of Rigasa, Architect Aminu Idris, other leaders and members of the community.

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Lieutenant General Lagbaja visits Kaduna village

The statement reads in part:

"Gen Lagbaja noted that in the recent past, the general area of Tudun Biri and adjoining villages were infested with armed bandits, who terrorised the communities until troops of the Nigerian Army started conducting operations to sanitize the area and make it habitable.
"He pointed out, that the troops were carrying out aeriel patrols when they observed a group of people and wrongly analyzed and misinterpreted their pattern of activities to be similar to that of the bandits, before the drone strike."

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On Sunday, some villagers in the community were reportedly bombed by the military in a misfire attacked and killed hundreds of innocent citizens. The development has attracted criticism from the opposition parties and many Nigerians.

See the statement here:

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Speaking with on the incident, Temiloluwa Bamigbose, a public commentator, said we cannot continue to beat the army because the military have taken responsibility and compensation was in view.

He said:

"It is a very sad thing to ponder. If the very folks who are supposed to be protectors are the ones inflicting the pain. However, error is synonymous to human. Since responsibility has been taken and compensation is in sight, we can't keep flogging the military.
"I am sure all those involved are not able to just look away. There should be a critical look into the incident and proper measure should be put in place to forestall future erroneous bombing of the innocent."

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"What happened was a clear misfire": Mixed reaction over Army bombing villagers earlier reported that the Nigerian Army has been knocked over the misfire that reportedly happened, and some villagers in Kaduna state were mistakenly bombed.

Some Nigerians have taken to their social media to express their anger about the development and registered their grievances about the situation.

Bashir Ahmad, a former aide to immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari, described the situation as unfortunate.


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