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Culprits of bombings that killed over 100 civilians in Kaduna won’t be spared: Shettima

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Vice President Kashim Shettima says the culprits of the drone bombings in the Tudun Biri community in the Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State will not be spared.

”Government will go to the root of the issue, and anyone found culpable will be punished accordingly,” Mr Shettima said.

Mr Shettima disclosed this on Thursday when he visited Kaduna to commiserate with the state government over the reported accidental bomb strikes on Sunday.

The vice president also visited Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Kaduna, where he prayed for the quick and full recovery of those injured during the incident.

At least 126 civilians were killed in the attack, Peoples Gazette heard from an army colonel involved in the aftermath containment efforts. The Nigerian Army on Monday accepted responsibility for the bombings.

However, Mr Shettima said President Bola Tinubu had assured that whoever was found guilty of the bombardments that killed dozens of villagers would be punished accordingly.

Mr Shettima explained that the federal government will care for victims and rebuild the community.

According to him, the federal government will also provide all the social amenities, including schools and hospitals, to complement what the speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, promised the community.

Mr Shettima also said that the federal government would launch a programme under the Fulako Initiative, which would commence by next month in the Tudun Biri community.

“The Fulako Initiative is the president’s unique response as a non-kinetic solution to the challenges in the North-West.

“The beneficiary states are; Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna and for the purpose of equity and justice, we deliberately included Niger and Benue,” Mr Shettima explained.

Governor Uba Sani appreciated the president for sending the delegation to commiserate with the state’s people.

He also commended the federal government for responding to his call for an immediate investigation into the incident.

One of the community leaders of Tudun Biri, Magaji Adamu, while narrating how the incident happened, said it was an explosion which killed 82 persons, leaving many others injured during the Maulud celebration.

He said that after the first strike, it did not take 30 minutes before another explosion struck again, killing another set of people while 70 persons were hospitalised, with 68 still on admission.

Mr Adamu said three Christians also lost their lives during the incident, who also attended the Maulud celebration on the fateful day.

(NAN)

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