President Bola Tinubu has instructed a comprehensive investigation into the military air strike that unintentionally resulted in the deaths of at least 85 civilians in Tudun Biri village, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale conveyed that the President deemed the incident unfortunate, disturbing, and painful, expressing grief over the tragic loss of Nigerian lives.
Tinubu called for calm as authorities conduct a thorough investigation and directed prompt and thorough medical attention for surviving victims.
The incident, acknowledged as one of the country’s deadliest military bombing accidents, involved a drone mission targeting armed groups that inadvertently affected the Tudun Biri village during a Muslim festival celebration.
While the army did not initially provide casualty figures, residents reported 85 deaths, including women and children. Nigeria’s armed forces frequently use air strikes in their efforts against bandit militias in various regions.