Prof. Abdulkadir Tabari, the Chief Medical Director of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital in Kaduna State, revealed that 65 victims of the December 3, 2023, accidental bombing by the military have been discharged, signaling progress in the aftermath of the tragic event.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Prof. Tabari disclosed that 71 patients were admitted to the hospital following the accidental bombing. Sadly, one individual succumbed to injuries within 24 hours. Presently, five patients remain under observation, with three receiving treatment at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital and two at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital.
The incident occurred during a Maulud celebration, an Islamic festival, in Tudun Biri village, claiming the lives of at least 85 villagers. The Nigerian Army promptly took responsibility for the accidental bombing, expressing deep regret for the loss of lives.
Following President Bola Tinubu’s directive, the Armed Forces of Nigeria initiated an independent investigation to ascertain the circumstances leading to the tragic incident. Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, the Director of Defense Media Operations, confirmed the formation of an eight-member panel tasked with probing the incident. Comprising senior officers from various geopolitical zones, the panel was convened on December 8, 2023, to investigate the matter thoroughly.
Responding to inquiries about the progress of the investigation, Maj. Gen. Buba stated that the panel is on the verge of completing its report. “The report is near completion, please,” he affirmed, indicating that the findings would be communicated in due course.
As the affected community continues to grapple with the aftermath of the accidental bombing, the imminent release of the investigation report holds significance for seeking accountability and providing closure to the victims and their families.