President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called off the weekly Federal Executive Council Meeting.
He instead sent a team to Maiduguri on condolence visit, over the accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp by the Nigerian Air Force which left over 50 IDPs and aid workers dead and many more injured
The President’s team is made of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Ministers of Defence and Information, the Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Abayomi Gabriel, the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General T.Y. Buratai and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The team is to formally convey President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government condolences to the people and Government of Borno State over Tuesday’s tragedy at the Rann IDP Camp.
The team will also do an assessment of the situation in Rann community following the air strike on local settlement.
As part of the sympathy visit, the delegation met with the state governor, Kashim Shettima, at the Government House and is expected to visit the hospitals to see those receiving treatment as a result of the bombing.
The air strike, which the military said was a mistake, is believed to have killed at least 50 people, with over a hundred people injured.
After the accidental bombing, the military said it had received information that fleeing Boko Haram insurgents were around the area before it launched the attack.
The military had launched clearance operations in the region to end insurgents’ activities that have been on for over seven years.
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