The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the federal government to provide the military with accurate and sophisticated surveillance technologies to prevent a reoccurrence of the unfortunate incident that happened in Kaduna on Sunday, News About Nigeria reports.
The association’s president, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, made this plea in a statement on Thursday, noting that the Nigerian armed forces need to be equipped with intelligent and accurate devices and technologies to enable them to fight the insecurity plaguing the country.
The Archbishop, while expressing his sadness over the unfortunate killing of civilians by the armed forces on Sunday, reiterated the need for the Nigerian Armed Forces to always put the safety of civilians first, especially when intelligence reports are not definitive.
He, therefore, appealed to the federal government to ensure that enhanced surveillance technology and intelligence devices that can help differentiate between terrorist threats and innocent civilians are made readily available for the military, adding that by so doing, collateral damages will be minimised.
Okoh further appealed to all political and religious groups involved not to use the incident as a means to garner personal gains, maintaining that the focus must not be shifted from supporting the affected communities and working together to prevent future occurrences.
Director of Defence Media Operations, Major Gen. Edward Buba, however, promised that the military would carry out due diligence henceforth before embarking on any operation, adding that it would no longer bomb any target unless it was a hundred percent sure.
Recall that there was an accidental bombing of civilians in the Tudun Biri community, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, by unmanned drones of the Nigerian Army last Sunday.