Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the programme under which the Nigerian military is battling Boko Haram insurgents in Northeast Nigeria, has delved into circumstances that lead to the bombing of an IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno State which caused at least 54 deaths of refugees.
According to Irabor,
“This morning (Tuesday), we received a report about the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists around Kala Balge area of Maiduguri.
“I coordinated and I directed that the air component of the operation should go and address the problem.
“Unfortunately, the strike was conducted but it turned out that other civilians were somewhere around the area and they were affected.
“So far, it is a little bit disturbing; death has occurred. There are casualties, there were deaths and injuries but on the actual number of casualties, we would get back to you later.
“I am yet to get the number of casualties of civilians killed, but two soldiers were also affected.
“Some humanitarian staff of Medicines Sans Frontiers and some staff of International Committee of Red Cross(ICRC) were also affected.
“We are sending helicopters to evacuate those that were critically wounded, including our wounded soldiers.”