Metro Rann IDP Camp Bombing: Military Chief Rubs Salt on Injury of Nigerians


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The Nigerian army has come up with another excuse for blowing up the Rann IDP camp in Borno state.

The whole country was shocked six months ago when the military made a fatal error and dropped multiple bombs on a camp where people displaced by the Boko Haram war were gathered. Scores died.

The government and the military after the incident put up a front that suggests they aren't sorry for their actions. They said they thought they were insurgents.

Little has been done to cater for those injured by the strike apart from the payment of their hospital fees. There are reports that the welfare of IDPs camps in the country aren't receiving proper attention with respect to the funds released for their care. Babachir Lawal, a former member of the president's cabinet, allegedly diverted funds meant to cater for those people.

Now, instead of taking responsibilities, the government has come up with a reason the unfortunate incident happened, this time in the person of Director Defence Information, Major-general John Enenche.

According to Enenche, the bombing was carried out on the location because it was not “reflected in the operational map as a humanitarian base.”

“Hitherto, people were not expected to amass at that location.”

“The normal pattern for Boko Haram terrorists to form up before attacking innocent civilians and troops is to amass. Hence, it appeared as a place that could equally be used for enemy activities.

“Thus, when the mass movement was noticed through aerial satellite observation, it was taken for Boko Haram terrorists’ activity, which needed to be neutralised with speed,” he added.

The military chief did not‎, however, explain why there was no coordination between soldiers who planned and executed the air raid and the soldiers who were on the ground to provide security for the Rann camp.

He, however, stressed that to prevent future occurrence, all locations where humanitarian activities take place in the theatre of operation would be “marked appropriately for ground and aerial identification in line with international best practices.”
 

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