Dozens of people were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp in northeast Nigeria for those made homeless by Boko Haram Islamists.
The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists’ insurgency, as aid workers distributed food to civilians who were forced to flee the violence.
A local resident, Abba Abiso, told AFP by telephone: “This morning (Tuesday) a military jet mistakenly bombarded Rann, instead of (nearby) Kala.
Nigerians have taken to social media to react to the sad incident. Below are some of the reactions.
Buhari’s govt deprived the IDPs of food supplies.
Buhari’s govt embezzled funds meant for IDPs.
Buhari’s govt dropped bombs on IDPs.
— Charles the 1st (@9jaBloke) January 17, 2017
Of Nigeria’s 923,768 Sq.km mass, the Nigerian Air Force accidentally drops a bomb and oh look, it’s an IDPs Camp!
We are not this stupid ??
— Charles Isidi (@i_am_pixelhub) January 17, 2017
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) January 17, 2017
Drop bombs on IDPs.
Get International organisations to donate funds for healthcare aid.
Steal the funds.
Script of a political jobber
— Dragonfly (@AuntyOsaki) January 17, 2017
We commiserate wit d Borno people regardn d accidental air strike DAT killed&maimed scores of d IDPs there.May we not experience dis again!
— Federated News (@Federated_News) January 18, 2017
Bomb can’t just rolled of a fighter jet and kill hundreds of already traumatized IDPs in the camp. #TheChiefOfAirStaffMustResign
— IGHO David (@ighy515) January 18, 2017
Whoever is responsible for the death of those IDPs in Borno state should be charged with homicide.
— #AgentOfRestoration (@oyesileoluwafem) January 18, 2017
You raped the IDPs, embezzle their funds & now you’re killing them even in their camps. When the wicked rule the people groan proverbs 29:3
— . (@Roland_speaks) January 18, 2017
BUHARI’S GOVT!!!…. recession.
Duplicitous FX regime.
Accidentally murdered IDPs
What a man!
— Charles the 1st (@9jaBloke) January 18, 2017
There are somethings you hear people do in this administration and u want to just flog somebody, how can one mistakenly bomb the IDPs
— RICKY (@osunderichard1) January 18, 2017
Before, it used to be accidental discharge. Now, it’s accidental bombing. God save us. #Borno
— Et Tu Fejiro (@oghenefejiro) January 18, 2017
The Air Force pilot involved in the Borno bombing must be investigated and tried. Yes it’s a mistake but some cant go unpunished.
— Jib⚡Real (@__Jibreel) January 18, 2017