The Theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Lucky Irabor has said the cause of the accidental bombing of an IDP camp in Rann, Borno state was the result of incorrect coordinates.
Irabor told a visiting United Nations Security Council delegation on Sunday, March 5 that the accidental bombing which killed 236 civilians,was athe accidental bombing which killed 236 civilians, was a “grave mistake” that was the result of faulty information.
“The coordinates that were received gave indications that there were presence of Boko Haram within the vicinity,” VOA quoted Irabor as saying, adding, “It’s just that the wrong coordinates were utterly given.”
He went on to say that although he was not trying to justify the military’s error, two days later Boko Haram did attack the town.
“Wherein that we killed 15 Boko Haram terrorists, and a vehicle mounted with an anti-aircraft gun was also recovered amongst other weapons that were recovered from the Boko Haram terrorists.
“So that of course, gives some correlation as to what intelligence we received before that encounter,” Irabor said.
In the incident, a military jet dropped two bombs on the camp for displaced persons in Rann. At the time of the attack aid distribution was taking place and many women and children were killed, as well as at least nine humanitarian workers from the Nigerian Red Cross and the International Committee for the Red Cross.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNEI) on Saturday, March 4, presented N10,000 cash support each to 58 victims of the incident.The care givers and hospital staff also received 1 Million naira donation from the PCNEI which was presented by Professor Hauwa Biu.