The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Monday regretted once again, the unfortunate Rann bombing that claimed innocent lives in Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) camp in Borno.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said this in a statement issued in Abuja.
Adesanya said the service once more, conveyed 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.
“NAF and other stakeholders are already taking necessary measures to prevent a recurrence of the unfortunate incident,” he said.
“For instance, they are engaging humanitarian organisations in the North-East with a view to understanding their programmes and locations of such programmes in order to prevent gaps in communication.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed appropriate NAF officials to intensify humanitarian intervention schemes for Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs’) camps 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 IDPs Camps in Borno State have undergone free surgical operations in the NAF medical facility in Maiduguri.
“The programme is ongoing and is scheduled to last for another 3 days.
“NAF solicits the understanding and support of all Nigerians and members of the International Community regarding the tragic incident,” Adesanya said.
According to the director, the service had once again, extended its most sincere condolences to all the families of the victims of the incident.
He said NAF had also assured the general public that the service was resolute in its task of preserving the territorial integrity of Nigeria and the security of all.