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Accidental Bombing of IDPs Camp Not True Reflection of NAF’s Professionalism -Minister

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described as ”utterly” tragic the accidental bombing of a civilian community in Rann, Tuesday in Borno State, by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet.

The Minister expressed sadness in his condolences to the families of those who died in the unfortunate bombing and prayed for quick recovery for the injured.

Alhaji Mohammed, who recently led members of the BBOG and the media to Yola, the Adamawa State capital, where the Air Component of the fight against Boko Haram is based, said he was particularly saddened because the accidental bombing was not a true reflection of the level of professionalism that he witnessed during the visit

”One of the things we went away with after spending some two days at the Tactical Air Command in Yola is the strict adherence to operational guidelines and the high level of professionalism of the officers and men, especially the young pilots who fly high-risk missions day and night.

”Among others, we witnessed pre- and post-mission briefings for the pilots, the high attention paid to details, especially concerning emergencies and weather, and the evacuation plan in case of accidents.

”We heard that on several occasions during their sorties, fighter pilots have had to hold their fire after observing the movement of women and children in Sambisa. We also witnessed the same careful disposition when we flew to Sambisa with the pilots.

”It therefore came to me as a rude shock to learn, a few hours after leaving Yola that one of the fighter jets has accidentally bombed civilians, including aid workers,” the Minister said.

Alhaji Mohammed urged the NAF to continue to take the necessary measures to avoid civilian casualties, as it carries out its challenging task of keeping Nigerians safe.

It would be recalled that the accidental bombing killed two of the IDPs and injured several others.

 

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