By Sadiq Umar – The Nigerian Air Force has expressed deep regret over the bombing of innocent civilians at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Rann, Borno State in which scores of people died with many injured.
The Air Force regretted the incident, saying no NAF pilot would leave his base with the intention of going to kill the same set of people that he greatly sacrifices day and night to protect.
In a statement by its Director, Public Relations and Information, Olatokunbo Adesanya, an air commodore, NAF said being the Service directly involved in the incident it “would once more like to convey its deepest regrets to all concerned” on the unfortunate Rann bombing incident of 17 January 2017.
The statement said the Service and other stakeholders are already taking necessary measures to prevent a re-occurrence of the unfortunate incident.
The full statement read:
NIGERIAN AIR FORCE DEEPLY REGRETS RANN BOMBING INCIDENT
Sequel to the official statement by the Defence Headquarters on the unfortunate Rann bombing incident on 17 January 2017, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), being the Service directly involved in the incident, would once more like to convey its deepest regrets to all concerned.
It is important to reiterate that no NAF pilot leaves his base with the intention of going to kill the same set of people that he greatly sacrifices day and night to protect. The unfortunate bombing of innocent civilians in Rann, Borno State has, therefore, remained a traumatic incident for the NAF pilots involved and indeed, the entire NAF Community.
The NAF and other stakeholders are already taking necessary measures to prevent a recurrence of the unfortunate incident. For instance, they are engaging humanitarian organizations in the North East with a view to understanding their programmes and locations of such programmes in order to prevent gaps in communication.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed appropriate NAF officials to intensify humanitarian intervention schemes for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Rann and other parts of the North East.
For example, there is an ongoing NAF medical outreach programme during which over 164 IDPs from various IDP Camps in Borno State have undergone free surgical operations in the NAF medical facility in Maiduguri. The programme is still ongoing and is scheduled to last for another 3 days.
The NAF solicits the understanding and support of all Nigerians and members of the International Community regarding the tragic incident.
More importantly, the NAF again extends its most sincere condolences to all the families of the victims of the incident. The NAF assures the general public that it remains resolute in its task of preserving the territorial integrity of Nigeria and ensuring the security of all Nigerians.
Director of Public
Relations and Information