Two officers face military court martial over Kaduna bombing that killed 70 civilians

The Defence Headquarters has said two of its officers involved in the Tudun Biri, Kaduna State mistaken air strike that killed over 70 persons are “to face a court martial for acts of omission or commission with respect to the incident”.

Director, Defence Media Operation, Major General Edward Buba, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the board of inquiry into the Tudun Biri incident has concluded investigations.

General Buba noted that the military conducted a painstaking investigation into the incident. He added that they had initiated disciplinary action against those culpable.

“Accordingly, the affected personnel are to face a court martial for acts of omission or commission with respect to the incident.

“However, I’m constrained to speak much about the incident as it would be prejudicial being a case before a court martial.

“But it must be made clear that the incident was a mistake. The victims of the strike were mistaken for terrorists,” he said

General Buba reiterated that, the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, officers and personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria console with the families and loved ones of all those killed by the sad air strike.

“It is hoped that there would be no repeat of strikes on non-combatants in ongoing operations.

“The military will take extra precautions in the future to ensure that non-combatants are safe.”

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