The House of Representatives on Wednesday, unanimously adopted a motion of urgent public importance moved by Muhammed Zoro (APC-Jigawa) at the plenary in Abuja.
It’s reported that, the said motion is for the launch of an investigation into the bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Rann, Kale Balge LGA, Borno State, by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in order to ascertain whether the air strike was in strict observance of the rules of engagement under the Air Law and International Humanitarian Law and for a visit to the scene of the IDP camp to commiserate with bereaved families and the Government of Borno over the unfortunate incident.
In the motion, Mr. Zoro said the legislature regretted the deaths and injuries sustained by the IDPs and humanitarian workers and added that, the committee should also ascertain the level of emergency assistance needed by the survivors and the level of health service being extended to the victims of the mishap.
In his contributions, Nnebe Anayo (Anambra-PDP), described the incident as “avoidable and irresponsible” and said it would not have happened if the NAF was diligent.
Mr. Anayo said the incident must be deeply looked into to ascertain its details.
Orker-Jev Yisa (Benue-APC), however, said it was regrettable for a member of the legislature to have described the NAF as “irresponsible” as a result of this “mistake”.
The lawmaker recalled that a similar mistake was recently made by the U.S. Air Force, when it mistakenly bombed a hospital mistaking it for a Taliban camp.
Written by Okolo Ezinne