President Buhari has dispatched a
high-powered delegation to Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on condolence visit,
following the Air bomb miscalculation of a civilian community in Rann by the
Nigerian Air Force, which left many civilians dead and wounded.
The delegation comprises Minister
for Information, Lai Mohammed; Minister for Defence, General Dan Ali; Chief of
Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and service chiefs.
The Special Adviser to the
President on Media and Publicity, Femi
Adesina, disclosed this on his twitter handle @FemAdesina.
The Nigerian Air Force fighter jet
had mistakenly dropped bombs along some linear settlements believed to harbour
Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs), in Rann, Kala Balge LGA of the state,
killing over 50 persons. About 200 others, including some humanitarian aid
workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) were reported injured.
Meanwhile, the Chairman
Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) has given assurance on
the protection of IDPs, tragic Air Force strike as highly regrettable.
A statement by Mr. Alkasim
Abdulkadir, the Head of Media and Communications of the committee yesterday,
quoted the chairman of the committee as saying: “The unfortunate incident,
which occurred on Tuesday at Rann IDPs camp, Kala Balge in Borno, was not only
tragic but also a monumental loss to the nation.”
The chairman gave assurance on the
safety of aid workers bringing relief materials and medical items to those in
camps and host communities.
He expressed his heartfelt
condolences to the people and government of Borno, noting: “Our thoughts and
prayers are with the families of the IDPs, the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC), Medicines San Frontiers (MSF) and the Nigerian Red Cross
“We also condole with the families
of other volunteers who were affected.’’
Also, the UN Humanitarian Air Service
(UNHAS) has revealed the dispatch of medical personnel to the bombed IDPs camp.
Making this public, Mr. Edward
Kallon, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, in a statement
issued on behalf of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(UN OCHA), said the agency was sending a helicopter with four medical personnel
and 400 kg of emergency medical supplies.