Nigeria’s House of Representatives

By Andah John

Nigeria’s House of Representatives wants a thorough investigation into the country’s Air Force’s accidental bombing of an internally displaced persons’ settlement in Rann, Borno State.

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The lawmakers made this known in a debate that lasted for about an hour, as they strongly called for a probe of the incident which claimed many lives.

No fewer than 50 people were reported to have been killed when a military jet dropped a bomb on the settlement.

In their response, the military said it had received reports that on-the-run Boko Haram members were settling in the area.

And in the green chamber of the National Assembly, there was a solemn moment.

In a motion of urgent public importance, house member, Sani Zorro, appealed to the House to set up an ad-hoc committee to visit the site and ascertain the situation on ground.

This resolution was hugely supported by the House and hence its unanimous approval.

Several survivors are said to be receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital city, Maiduguri. Concise News gathered from an official of the state government who said 54 of them were in stable condition.

At the end of the debate, the House agreed to constitute a 10-man committee to visit the scene and assess the situation on ground.

A minute silence was then observed in honour of those killed in the incident.