The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and stakeholders in humanitarian activities in North-East have condoled with victims of the accidental airstrike that occurred in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno state killing over fifty IDPs.
The stakeholders also observed a minute of silence in memory of Humanitarian workers from the Nigerian Red Cross and others who died in the bombing incident.
A statement by NEMA said “The meeting of stakeholders who meet to discuss developments of host communities and IDPs also discused measures being put in place to receive and host 1300 IDPs expected from Abuja.
“The stakeholders meeting organised by NEMA is a forum for all partners engaged in humanitarian activities in Borno state” It said.
“It offers a platform for all actors to meet with Federal and state Government Agencies involved in humanitarian activities to facilitate collaboration and cooperation in operations”
“The meeting also receives monthly updates on activities from the various multi stakeholder sector working groups which include Security, water/sanitation/Hygiene (WASH), Protection, Food security, Shelter /NFI, Health and Education working groups”.
Death of IDPs, Aid Workers by accidental bombing, a monumental loss-TY Danjuma; as Gov. Sani Bello Expresses Condolence
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has commiserated with University of Maiduguri, Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs and Borno state government over recent twin-bomb attack in the university as well as the accidental air strike by the Nigerian Airforce, NAF describing the incidences as tragic.
The Governor expressed his sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the University community, the families as well as people and government of Borno State over the incidents adding that the attack by a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber was really unjustified.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, the Governor noted that the institution had been relatively peaceful despite the countless attacks launched on its environs and called on the university authorities to step-up security on the campus to guide against future occurrence.
“Despite insurgency, the University of Maiduguri has been relatively peaceful. Indeed, in 2016, the UNIMAID had its 40th anniversary and combined convocation which attracted people from all over the world” he said.
Emphasizing that the fight against the insurgency was a collective responsibility of everyone, Governor Bello said government and the citizens must not allow evil to triumph over peace and harmony of the society.
“There is the need for the people to be extra-vigilant and to also assist the security agencies with intelligence reports about, and expose suspicious characters amongst us so that they can be proactively flushed out of our midst before carrying out their nefarious activities”.
The Governor further advised that the airstrike should not be seen to undermine the gains recorded by the Armed forces and other security agencies in the fight against the insurgents.
Governor Bello commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the blast as well as those of the IDP camp and prayed for the reposed souls of the deceased and wished the injured quick recovery.
Reports say four persons, including a Professor of Veterinary Medicine (Aliyu Mani), were killed in the suicide attack that rocked the university at two different locations while 17 people recorded various degrees of injuries.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), General TY Danjuma RTD has described as tragic, the death of civilians that occurred due to the accidental bombing by the Nigerian Air Force in Rann, Kala Balge, Borno State.
He said the monumental loss at the camp in Rann, was not only tragic but highly regrettable.
In a statement released by the PCNI ‘s Head of Media and Communications, Alkasim Abdulkadir he expressed his heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Borno State.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with IDP families, the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC, Medicines Sans Frontiers MSF, Nigerian Red Cross NRC and other volunteers affected by the ill-fated incident” he said.
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