- Nigerians have continued to react to the killings of Muslims in Kaduna state by the Nigerian Army
- Although the Nigerian Army has maintained it was an error, but Nigerians have called for a thorough investigation into the incident
- However, some angry Nigerians have taken to the streets in Abuja, positioned themselves at the National Assembly gate, demanding a response from the minister of defence and as well threatening his office
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements
FCT, Abuja - On Wednesday, December 6, angry Nigerians stormed the National Assembly premises in Abuja, over the killing of many innocent citizens by a military drone on Sunday, December 3.
Angry Nigerians tackle Badaru over Kaduna bombing
The protesters demanded justice for victims of the bombing and asked the Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru, to either live up to his responsibility or resign, Daily Trust reported.
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Meanwhile, many villagers of Tudun Biri in Rigasa District of Igabi local government area of Kaduna state were killed when a drone of the Nigerian Army bombed a gathering of residents who were celebrating Maulud Sunday night. The military had since owned up to the bombing but failed to give more details.
Addressing newsmen, the leader of the protesters under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) North West zone, and Arewa Youth Movement, Nasir Ishaku, demanded justice for the victims, The Nation report added.
He noted that the killing of innocent Nigerians, especially, in the Northern part of the country “on a daily basis” was unacceptable and can’t be tolerated any more.
Ishaku urged the National Assembly to probe into the Sunday killing in Kaduna and take decisive action to save the country.
Speaking further, he said:
"Security situation in the country keeps deteriorating since his (Badaru) inception as Minister of Defence. Nigeria keeps losing members of the armed forces which include the army, the air force, the navy and members of the Nigeria Police Force.These are the clear indications that the minister is incompetent to handle that sensitive ministry. Therefore, he should wake up to his responsibilities or resign.”
Bombing of villagers celebrating: Chief of Army Staff visit victims' families
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.
Why Nigerian Army launched drone attack on Kaduna community
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that the Defence Headquarters made some clarification about the drone attack on the Ligarma community.
The director of defence media operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, said the bomb attack was based on credible intelligence about the presence of terrorists in the area.
Buba said the Nigerian Army's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) detachment observed suspicious movement of terrorists.