FOLLOWING THE unfortunate Tuesday airstrike by Nigeria’s Airforce on Rann Community, Borno State the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has dispatched a helicopter with four medical personnel, 400 kg of emergency medical supplies and airlifted eight injured Red Cross workers.
In a statement the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon described as “unfortunate” the incident in whioch unidentified number of internally displaced person are feared killed in what Federal Government has described as “an accident”.
According to Kallon, “This is an unfortunate tragedy that befell people already suffering the effects of violence”.
Kallon said that the Nigerian army has also deployed a medical team and “is working with humanitarian partners to ensure maximum support to the affected people.”
The Rann accident was coming on the heels of Monday bomb explosion on the campus of the University of Maiduguri claimed to have been carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
The Monday explosion killed a Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Aliyu Mani was identified as one of the four killed in the early morning twin blast.
In a statement by UNHAS, Rann is one of the localities in north-eastern Nigeria that have recently become accessible to humanitarian organizations.
“Emergency assistance is gradually being ramped up in areas that were previously unreachable. In Rann, around 43,000 people are internally displaced and struggle with serious food shortages and severe acute malnutrition. Humanitarian access to the area has been difficult due to insecurity and bad roads.
“The humanitarian community expresses its profound sympathy and solidarity with those affected by today’s incident. Additional assistance and personnel are to be deployed to Rann in the coming days.
“It is indeed an unfortunate and sad event… we continue to do our best to assist those wounded,” Mr. Kallon said.
Further updates will be issued as information becomes available.