Tudun Biri bombing: Community leaders disown suit against Nigerian govt

Leaders of Tudun Biri village in Kaduna State have disowned a legal action against the military over the erroneous bombing of the community.

There was a report that some individuals have sued the federal government demanding N33bn as compensation on behalf of the community following the loss of lives in the village.

But Balarabe Garba, the village head of Ifira, who led a delegation of the affected villagers from Tudun Biri to governor Uba Sani, on Wednesday, explained that they were not aware of any legal team assigned to fight for them for any compensation.

According to him, they (villagers) were satisfied with the response from the state and the federal governments, as well as the military and Nigerians since the incident happened.

He emphasized, “We are not part of the legal suit instituted against the federal government. We are law-abiding citizens and will not allow ourselves to be used by anyone.”

A resident of the village, Reverend Musa Saidu said the community, despite being a mixed community with Christians and Muslims, has been living without problems.

He stressed that they would not allow anybody to create a division among them.

Governor Uba Sani, who expressed delight with the villagers, vowed to fish out those who were trying to use the villagers’ names to enrich themselves or try to cause trouble in the state.

The governor said all the donations made so far by the President and other top government officials would be handed over to a committee that would be constituted later to ensure judicious use of the money to the overall benefit of all in the villagers.

The committee, according to him, will include five members of the affected families.