Politics We Are Worried – PDP Reacts To Accidental Bombing of IDP Camp



The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it is “shocked and totally dismayed” and worried at the news of the accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Rann village of Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State by the military.

The accident led to the death of 52 persons, while more than 120 were injured.

“This is totally unacceptable and we demand a thorough and independent investigation into the matter to unravel the mystery behind the Accident,” PDP said in a statement early Thursday by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye.

The party said the excuse by the Nigerian Military that the Camp was mistaken to be a gathering of Boko Haram members is “a show of unprofessionalism and lack of intelligence regarding operations of such magnitude.”

“We are very worried that the Military after several successes against the Sect in recent times will display such provocative conduct capable of rubbing-off on its past achievements as a professional organisation,” it said.

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“We are of the opinion that the Tuesday, January 17, 2017 accidental bombing of the IDP Camp was a reaction to a false alarm and the Military was misled by the informant to cause the killings of those innocent Nigerians. Consequently, Nigerian military must talk less on its modus operandi and also carry out sufficient intelligence gathering in order to avoid such costly mistakes in the future,” the opposition party said.

“Finally, we condole Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima and the families of those who lost their lives in the incident.

“It is unfortunate and regrettable as we pray their souls to rest in peace. We are equally calling on government at all levels to provide the needed support for the injured persons and pray for their speedy recovery,” the party said.