The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged the Federal Government to investigate the bombing tragedy at the Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Borno State.
Grandi who made the call in a statement by the Nigeria office of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday in Abuja, expressed his shock at the incident and called for an urgent and critical investigation into the accidental Air force strike, to enable the government to identify the actual cause.
He said this would further enable the Federal Government to put in place measures to avoid a recurrence.
“This has been a truly catastrophic event and lives have been lost in a designated site for the displaced.
“A full accounting has to take place so that the causes are known and measures can be put in place to ensure this never happens again,” Grandi said in the statement..
The jet was reportedly targeting Boko Haram members but mistakenly fired shots at people in the Rann IDPs camp in the Kala Balge area of Borno State on Tuesday morning.
More than 50 people were reported dead, including six aid workers and many injured.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government had said that the bombing was an accident and is launching an investigation.
Grandi visited Borno State in December 2016 during a tour to Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin countries hosting Nigerian refugees.
He was moved by the suffering of displaced people that he met during his visit and vowed UNHCR’s continuous protection and help.