The accidental bombing of the Rann IDP camp on Tuesday by the Air Force was based on an intelligence alert by a foreign country.
Reports revealed that the Air Force was unaware of the existence of the IDPs camp due to lack of synergy among the military, the Emergency Management bodies and the Borno State Government.
A source, who gave technical insights on how the error occurred, said it was due to“failure of intelligence”.
What happened was that a foreign nation, which had been assisting in the counter-insurgency, provided an intelligence alert on the regrouping of some insurgents in Rann.
“The foreign country based its alert on what its surveillance radar picked. The alert indicated that the insurgents must be smoked out as early as possible. It was on this basis that the Air Force deployed its jet.
“The error occurred because the IDPs camp was not among the list of camps made available to the Air Force. There is a strong suspicion that the camp was recently set up by emergency bodies and Borno State without updating the list given to the military.”
“Yet, we cannot blame the foreign country because it had always given credible intelligence to the military, especially on Operation Lafiya Dole,” the source said.
Another source, revealed that an investigation is underway and it involves the military and security agencies.
“It is going to be a comprehensive audit of the information available to the Tactical Air Command, the directives given to the pilot and his crew, how the flight took off, why the plane could not distinguish a settlement from insurgents’ clusters and why the bombing was done,” the source said, adding:“It is going to be a classified investigation because a lot of international and national forces/ intelligence agencies are collaborating in the Northeast.”