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Accidental Bombing: Identify And Compensate Victims – BBOG

The #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has urged the federal government to be less antagonistic and be transparent to its citizens.

The group while  giving account of their guided tour of the Northeast on Monday urged the government to identify and compensate all victims or their family.

“On return from the guided tour we got the sad news of an unfortunate incidence of a erroneous bombing of an IDP camp leading to a reported 52 fatalities and 120 injured. These include aid workers. Military experts confirm that such accidents sometimes occur and cannot be completely ruled out.

“The NAF we saw is not one to make such an error lightly if it were humanly and technically possible to avoid the accident. We however believe that better intelligence and coordination between the air and ground troops can possibly reduce the chances of such occurrence.

“The weight and import of this bombing of civilians is not lost on us. It is a monumental tragedy,” it said.

The group in the release signed by its leaders, Dr Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu emphasised the importance of proper equipping and military welfare.

“The government must open up to scrutiny. Transparency must be a key tool of the military as much as possible for winning the counterinsurgency war. This becomes even more important considering the military’s chequered history of distrust with the civilian population.

“What is the state of the prosecution of those indicted in misappropriating monies for arms procurement. What assurances are there that diversions of monies meant to prosecute the ongoing war,” it said.

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