In Nigeria, the United Nations is calling for an investigation into the inadvertent bombing of a village in the north-central Kano state. Demonstrations have erupted in various cities, including the capital, to hold the army accountable for this tragic mistake.
In Abuja and Zaria, thousands of people expressed their outrage. Banners at the demonstrations called for the resignation of the Minister of Defense and, more importantly, for the army to be held responsible for the mistaken airstrike, which resulted in the loss of 85 lives and injuries to 66 others.
Eyewitnesses report that most of the victims were women, children, and the elderly.
Civil society is demanding thorough investigations to ensure accountability within the army. Following the acknowledgment of responsibility for the drone strike, the military command has announced a comprehensive investigation to determine responsibilities.
This investigation was initiated at the request of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.