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IDPs Camp Tragedy: Buhari Cancels FEC Meeting, Sends Delegation to Borno


President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday cancelled the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting as mark of honour to those who died from the mistaken bomb drop on Internally Displaced Persons camp, Tuesday, by Nigerian Air Force fighter jet.
This is as the President sent a delegation comprising top government officials to Borno State.
The President’s team on condolence visit to the state include his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and service chiefs.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed the visit in his Twitter handle.
Although no official reason was given for the cancellation of the FEC meeting, some government officials said the accidental bombing could be responsible for the development.
Adesina had, on Tuesday in a statement, quoted the President as regretting the accidental bombings by the Nigerian Air Force, engaged in the final phase of mopping up insurgents in the North-east.
While wishing the wounded divine succour leading to full recovery, the President had also sympathised with the Borno State government.
Buhari pledged federal help for the state government in attending to what he called “regrettable operational mistake.”
He pleaded for calm and prayed God to grant repose to the souls of the dead.
The Nigerian Air Force said in a statement on Tuesday evening that it had begun an investigation into the accidental air strike.
The NAF Director of Information and Public Relations, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said, “We are saddened by today’s accidental air strike by our fighter jet at Rann, in which innocent lives were lost. While available information is still sketchy, the loss occasioned by this unfortunate incident is deeply regretted.
“We commiserate with the affected families and would update the public as soon as detailed facts emerge from the investigation.”
It was learnt that the accidental air strike happened at about 9am in Rann, in the far north of Borno State as aid workers distributed food to Internally Displaced Persons.

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