Some survivors of the recent IDP camp bombing have said it was no mistake
– One survivor said the bombs were dropped twice and it was not accidental
– The Nigerian Air Force however maintains that it was wrong intelligence that led to the catastrophe
IDP camp bombing survivor
According to survivors of the IDP camp bombing, it was not a mistake as the Nigerian army claims. One of the survivors while recounting the ordeal says they were bombed three times.
Abdulwahab Adam, a survivor said: “The bombs were dropped on us thrice and there was no way a mistake could be made thrice. 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.”
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“This was not a new camp and the attack happened when people queued up to receive humanitarian materials.”
According to Punch, another survivor, Abba Yusuf said the Nigeria Air Force must explain what really happened, saying:
“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?”
Also, one of the people, who trooped to the hospital to visit their relatives who sustained injuries in the attack, Yakubu Hassan, said:“This is really unfortunate. I came to the hospital to get information about my brother, Babangida Hassan, only to be told that he was killed in the attack.”
Meanwhile, the federal government sent a delegation, led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, which included: Retired Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (Defence); and Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture).Others like: 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.
Alhaji Kyari said: “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.”
He assured the people that the Nigerian Armed forces would ensure that such incidents did not occur again.
However, there are emerging reports that a foreign country provided false intelligence to Nigeria on the location of Boko Haram terrorists leading to the accidental bombing of an IDP camp.