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Arewa Youths Knocks N, Army over Kaduna killings, Demand Compensation



Youths from the 19 Northern states of Nigeria including the FCT have condemned in strong term, the recent killings of dozens of civilians in Kaduna State by the military.

The youths under the umbrella of Northern Youths Assembly (Majalisar Matasan Arewa) said this repeated action from the military and the excuse of a “mistake” is total unacceptable.

According to the National Publicity Secretary, Northern Youth Assembly
(Majalisar Matasan Arewa), Comrade Adikwu Omale Joshua, the group demands an end to such occurrences while calling for punishment of those behind the catastrophe also demands full compensation in accordance with Islamic injunctions.

See the full text below:

11th Dec. 2023

To all media organizations,



Northern Youths, under the auspices of ‘Northern Youth Assembly (Majalisar Matasan Arews), on behalf of its Board, National leadership and 19 Northern states chapters and FCT, condemns the recent killings of innocent people in Kaduna by the Nigerian Army.

While we commiserate with bereaved families, it is our opinion that this development was unfortunate, and should not be described as a mistake” as asserted by the military, as such incidents had occurred again and again at different occasions and locations.

It is our candid position that, it is unbecoming for such action to be described as a ‘mistake’ considering how the action was coming from a professional body like the Nigerian army, as such the ugly development was really unforgivable, and we therefore call for a speedy probe into the matter and appropriate sanctions be carried out against those behind the erroneous attacks on the innocent civilian community

“This mistake as they called it is unfortunate and unpardonable, as we are aware that professional institutions like the army wouldn’t carry out attacks without any credible intelligence, due diligence, surveillance and rules of engagement, as well as proper coordination.

“This kind of horrible mistake is gradually becoming common practice amongst our military, a development that is not only unfortunate but also unbecoming of our military. While we unequivocally condemn these killings at Tudun Birni village in Igabi LGA of Kaduna State, but also in a strong terms call for the immediate payment of full compensation, and the compensation must be in accordance with the teachings of Islam, as the victims were muslims.

We wish to call on the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja not to renege on his promise to conduct a full scale investigation into the matter with a view to unravel the circumstances that led to the bombings, and ensure that, those responsible of this grievous error are subjected to face the wrath of the law

We commend the Vice President of Nigeria Kashim Shettima, His Highness, the 14th Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi, II, the former Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El – Rufa’i and the Nigerian senate, for their condolence visit to the affected village and their kind gestures to the affected families.


Comrade Adikwu Omale Joshua,
National Publicity Secretary
Northern Youth Assembly
Majalisar Matasan Arewa

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