Sadly, scores of civilians have been reportedly killed and others wounded after a military air strike went bad. Military sources revealed that the Nigeria Air Force miscalculated and unleashed their deadly cargo of missiles on a civilian community in the war-ravaged North-East region of the country.
According to reports given by an official, dead bodies and wounded victims started arriving at the hospitals in Geidam and the capital Damaturu on Wednesday afternoon, an official said.
The actual civilian casualty figure was still being determined as of early Thursday morning, but there were already fears that the numbers were in scores.
The Nigerian Air Force swiftly issued a statement claiming the bombing did not occur. But the state governor contradicted the military in a condolence message.
The military also cordoned off the scene of the attack in Buwari, Yunusari Local Government Area, and the two hospitals holding bodies and treating victims to prevent pictures from coming out.
The bombing came four years after the community of Rann, Borno, was similarly bomb in an operation the military said was a mistake and vowed a repeat will not occur.
Also, Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate airstrike on Buhari village in Yunusari Local Government Area of the state.
He said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but the government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.
Governor Buni directed his special adviser on security affairs to liaise with the Nigerian Air Force and the Multi-National Joint Task Force to look into the unfortunate airstrike.
“Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened,” Governor Buni assured. “This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”
.Meanwhile, the governor has directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the airstrike.
Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.
Governor Buni also expressed his willingness and readiness of his administration to cooperate with with all arms and levels of security/Law Enforcement to solidify the state’s security network.