The Nigerian Air Force, on Friday set up a six-man board of inquiry into Tuesday’s accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Rann, Borno State by its fighter jet, mistaking the victims for members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
Members of the board chaired by Air Vice Marshal Salihu Bala-Ribah, Chief of Standards and Evaluation, Headquarters NAF; according to a statement by Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, are AVM Charles Oghomwen; and Air Commodore Ayoola Jolasinmi. Other are: Group Captain Essien Efanga, Wing Commander Solomon Irmiya; and Wing Commander Mohammed Muazu.
Among its terms of reference, the statement said, “the board is to determine the immediate and remote causes as well as the circumstances that led to the incident.”
This, the statement continued, is to forestall future occurrence.
So far, a list of 20 witnesses, the NAF said, has been given to the board, just as it is free to invite other persons to give evidence on oath.