Nigeria: Governor Sani Raises Concerns: Lack of Coordination Among Security Agencies After Kaduna Bombing
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In the aftermath of the Tudun-Biri community bombing in Kaduna, Governor Uba Sani voiced concerns about the lack of coordination among Nigeria’s security agencies. During a condolence visit by Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin, representing Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Governor Sani urged the Senate to ensure justice for survivors.
Expressing support for security agencies, Governor Sani called for a swift investigation by the Army to identify and prosecute those responsible for the tragic error attack. He reiterated his advocacy for a state police to enhance existing security measures.
Senator Jibrin, leading a Senate delegation, pledged to donate senators’ salaries totaling N109 million to support Tudun-Biri bomb victims. The funds would be channeled through the governor for distribution. The senators also visited injured victims at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, expressing solidarity and promising collaboration with the government to prevent future incidents.
In response, Governor Sani appreciated the Senate’s donation and emphasized the importance of intelligence sharing among security agencies.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party (LP) called on the Federal Government to publish the names of the deceased and adequately compensate their families. LP criticized imprecise military tactics and emphasized the need for a thorough, unbiased investigation, suggesting that the military should be excluded from the process.
Femi Falana, Chairman of the Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), urged the government to compensate victims of all airstrikes in Nigeria over the past seven years. Falana threatened legal action if the government fails to address the victims’ rights.
The statement highlighted instances of past airstrikes, particularly the tragic incident in Rann, Borno State, where 170 people lost their lives. Despite a commission’s findings, the government has not published the report or implemented its recommendations.
In summary, the aftermath of the Tudun-Biri bombing has spurred calls for accountability, compensation, and improved military tactics to prevent similar incidents. The Senate’s donation and civil society’s demands underscore the need for comprehensive action to address the aftermath of such tragic events.