The Nigerian Air Force has mistakenly bombed another community in Nigeria’s war-torn North-East, Peoples Gazette has learnt from military sources.
Dozens of civilians were said to have been killed and others wounded after a military operation said to have occurred by error. It was unclear when the incident came, but dead bodies and wounded victims started arriving at the hospitals in Geidam and the capital Damaturu on Wednesday afternoon, an official said.
The actual civilian casualties were still being examined as of early Thursday morning, but there were already fears that the numbers were in dozens.
The Nigerian Air Force swiftly issued a statement claiming the bombing did not occur. But the state governor contradicted the military in a condolence message.
The bombing came four years after the community of Rann, Borno, was similarly bomb in an operation the military said was a mistake and vowed a repeat will not occur.
Read Governor Mai Mala Buni’s full statement on the attack below:
Gov. Buni Mourns Victims of Air Strike, Assures Anvestigation of lncident
He said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but the government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.
Governor Buni directed his special adviser on security affairs to liaise with the Nigerian Air Force and the Multi-National Joint Task Force to look into the unfortunate airstrike.
“Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened,” Governor Buni assured. “This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”
Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.
Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.