Airforce Fighter Jet Bombed IDP Camp Three Times - Survivor Recounts
One of the survivors of the bomb that hit the Internally Displaced Persons camp in Rann, Borno State, said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet dropped bombs on the camp three times.
According to the Punch, Abdulwahab Adam, said:
The bombs were dropped on us thrice and there was no way a mistake could be made thrice.
It was reported that the NAF 'mistakenly' dropped a bomb on the IDP camp killing over 100 and injuring many others. Those confirmed dead are officials of Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres), International Committee of the Red Cross and many refugees.
Another survival asked the Federal Government to stop lying to Nigerians that it was a mistake, as it looked like it was a timed attack.
There was nothing accidental about the attack and it could not be referred to as a mistake.
The Federal Government should stop telling Nigerians that it was a mistake; for this was not. It was nothing but an unprovoked attack on a civilian populace.
This was not a new camp and the attack happened when people queued up to receive humanitarian materials.
This is the same force that told the world that they did not drop the bomb on insurgents in the Sambisa Forest because of human shield but weeks later, dropped bombs on unarmed civilians in an IDPs’ camp.
Could they have been blindfolded to know that we were in a queue and we were unarmed or could they have mistaken the IDPs camp for the haven of insurgents?
The Federal Government has since dispatched a high-powered delegation, led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, to condole with the government and people of Borno State and the international aid agencies affected in the attack.
In the delegation were two ministers – retired Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (Defence); and Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture).
Others are the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Kyari delivered the government’s message to the state Governor, Kashim Shettima; the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Mohammed El-Kanemi, and the injured international aid workers at the hospital.
We are in Maiduguri at the instance of President Buhari to come over and condole with the people and government of Borno State over the unfortunate air strike that took place at Rann town’s IDP Camp on Tuesday, leaving many innocent people dead and others wounded.
Kyari said the Federal Government would bear the cost of the treatment of all those wounded and who are receiving attention at hospitals in Maiduguri and its environs.
Shettima, who thanked the delegation for the condolence visit, acknowledged the sacrifices of the Armed Forces and the Federal Government in the fight against Boko Haram.