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Protesters storm National Assembly over bombing



Police and DSS have cordoned the National Assembly

Protesters stormed the National Assembly premises in Abuja on Wednesday over the killing of innocent citizens by a military drone in Kaduna on Sunday.

The protesters, who besieged the National Assembly entrance gate for over two hours, demanded justice for victims of the bombing and asked the Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru, to either live up to his responsibility or throw in the towel.

A drone of the Nigerian Army bombed a gathering of residents who were celebrating Maulud Sunday night, resulting in the deaths of over 90 villagers in Tudun Biri in Rigasa District of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Chronicle NG reported.

Residents said the incident also left over 60 people injured. The military had since owned up to the bombing but failed to give more details.

Addressing newsmen, the leader of the protesters under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) North West Zone and the Arewa Youth Movement, Nasir Ishaku, demanded justice for the victims.

He said the killing of innocent Nigerians, especially in the northern part of the country, “on a daily basis” was unacceptable and couldn’t be tolerated any more. Ishaku urged the National Assembly to probe into the Sunday killing in Kaduna and take decisive action to save the country.

He said, “For those who have eyes to see, let them see well, and for those who have ears to hear, let them listen attentively. Nigeria is in a state of unrest due to the daily killings of its citizens.

“The security situation in the country has kept deteriorating since his (Badaru) inception as Minister of Defence. These two organisations have a moral obligation to express our grievances because Nigeria is in a shambles in terms of security of lives and property, most especially in Northern Nigeria.

“Nigeria keeps losing members of the armed forces, which include the army, the air force, the navy, and members of the Nigeria Police Force. Our university students are still in captivity, and no one knows their whereabouts. These are clear indications that the minister is incompetent to handle that sensitive ministry. Therefore, he should wake up to his responsibilities or resign.”