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Rann misfire: Defence Minister orders investigation

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The Minister of Defence has ordered a full-scale investigation into Tuesday`s accidental bombing of civilians by the military in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno.

Dan-Ali gave the directive in Maiduguri on Wednesday while speaking during a condolence visit to the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Muhammad Masta, in his residence.

“As the Honourable Minister of Defence, I have directed the Defence Headquarters to conduct a detailed investigation with a view to making sure that such ugly situation would never happen again in future operations,” Dan-Ali said.

“I have authorised the Armed Forces to offer all necessary emergency assistance to the victims of those involved through casualty evacuation and provision of immediate medical care,” he added.

The minister said that the visit was to condole with the government and the people of the state over the incident.

“We are here to condole with the government and people of the state over Tuesday`s unfortunate incident that led to the loss of lives and injury to others, as a result of rockets mistakenly dropped by the Nigerian Air Force on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Rann.

“The incident is heart-troubling, highly regrettable and could have been avoided. However, this incident is an isolated case which happened rarely in a theatre of battle even among more advanced troops in the world.

“I pray to almighty Allah to grant the souls of those who died a perfect peace and also give the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the loss. I also wish the injured a quick recovery,” Dan-Ali said.


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