Chief of Defence Staff, Minister of State for Defence visit victims of accidental bombing in Kaduna

…During the visit 

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa, and the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, have visited the victims of Sunday’s (December 3, 2023) accidental bombing in the Igabi area of Kaduna State. 

General Christopher Gwabin Musa, who took office in June 2023, and Minister Bello Matawalle, expressed their condolences to the affected families and reassured them of the military's commitment to ensuring such incidents are thoroughly investigated to prevent future occurrences. 

The visit underscores the leadership's proactive response to the tragic event and their prioritization of the welfare of citizens in the affected area.

Eighty-five persons were killed and 66 injured in the incident that the Nigerian Army has claimed responsibility for. But days after the bombing, the CDS and minister visited the victims at the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital in Kaduna.

The visiting officials were received by the Deputy Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Shuaibu Musa. Dressed in a white agbada and a cap to match, Matawalle and the Chief of Defence Staff went through different wards in the hospital to commiserate with the injured.

“We are not going to relent in our actions because these criminals must be defeated, by God’s grace,” Matawalle, a former Zamfara governor, told the press after the visit.

“So, we are going to continue fighting the criminals till we succeed in fighting against banditry and other criminality in this country.”

He prayed for the repose of the dead victims and a quick recovery for those wounded in the accidental bombing.

While giving an update about the victims, Dr Shuaibu said 71 persons were brought to the hospital but one died last night.

“So, we have a total of 71 patients that were brought in. Of these 71, one died last night. So, we have about 70 currently in admission,” the doctor said.

“Most of them, we have stabilized, those that needed blood, we transfused. For those that needed surgery, emergency surgery, we did carry out the emergency surgeries and many of them are now stable and we are about to start discharging some of them that are even stable.

“Some of them with minor degrees of injuries may be discharged to the community.”

He said the CDS promised to give the victims “something” for feeding and also laundry. The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said that terrorists were embedded with civilians in the wake of the accidental air strike

But President Tinubu has ordered a probe into the matter with the opposition Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also calling for probe.
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