All 109 senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have donated their one-month salaries, amounting to N109 million, to the survivors of a “drone mishap” in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, announced this on behalf of the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, at the Kaduna Government House when he led a delegation of the Senate to the state on Sunday.
Senator Barau, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ismail Mudashir, explained that the money would be sent to the state governor for onward delivery to the victims.
Praying to Allah to grant those who lost their lives paradise, he also wished the injured a quick recovery.
A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has asked the Federal Government to compensate the victims of military airstrikes in the past seven years.
Falana, who is the chairman of the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, warned that if the Federal Government failed to meet the demand within two weeks, it would be sued before a Federal High Court.
The human rights lawyer issued the warning in a statement yesterday, following last Sunday’s accidental bombing of residents in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Over the years, the country has recorded several accidental strikes by the Armed Forces, which led to the killing of hundreds of civilians across the country.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has described the air strike on Tudun Biri village as unfortunate and not a deliberate action targeted against the people, which the Army is to protect.
General Musa, in his remarks at the graduation ceremony of participants at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, in Plateau State, emphasized that the incident was “a mix-up that was avoidable.”
85 people were confirmed dead in the strike, and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap.