Contrary to widespread reports in many national dailies that the House of Representatives resolved yesterday to investigate the accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Raan, Kale-Balge local government area, Borno State, there was no such decision taken in plenary.
According to a statement signed , Chairman, House Committee on Media & Publicity, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas ,” Sequel to a motion raised by Hon Sani Zorro under a motion of urgent national importance, which was debated extensively and passed by the House, it was resolved that:
” The House should constitute a 10 member-committee selected from committees on Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs), Refugees and Initiatives in the North East Zone; Air Force, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness; Army and Healthcare Services respectively, to among other things:
” Visit the scene of the disaster and commiserate with bereaved families of the victims, the Federal and State governments, respectively, and the entire people of Nigeria over the unfortunate incident;
“Ascertain the level of response of the emergency assistance needed by the surviving victims of the air strike and members of their immediate families;
” Also ascertain the extent to which emergency and adequate health service are being extended to the surviving victims of the mishap;
” Observe a one-minute silence in honour of the unfortunate victims of the disaster.”