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“There is a need for the public to exercise restraint when commenting about this unfortunate event” – Nigerian Air Force on the RANN Accidental Air Strike



The Nigerian Air Force has released an official press release about the RANN tragedy in Borno State which happened a couple of days ago and claimed over a hundred lives.

Read the statement below:

PRESS RELEASE – #RannTragedy

The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to various speculations by some individuals and media organisations about the causes and circumstances leading to the accidental air strike of 17 January 2016 at Rann in Kala Balge Area of Borno State. A number of these comments and publications have attempted to analyse the cause of the accident without any adequate knowledge or information about the incident. This is not only misleading but inimical to the ongoing effort to investigate the accident. There is therefore the need for the public to exercise restraint in commenting about this unfortunate incident.
Again, the NAF will like to remind the public that a committee has been set up to thoroughly investigate the accident. The committee has moved to Maiduguri and presently interviewing people with a view to eliciting facts about the accident. As such, it is only fair and just for members of the public to allow the committee carry out its task without prejudice while waiting for it to submit its report.


  1. Mr.A

    January 24, 2017 at 8:38 am

    In a fashion that is unfortunately not strange in our clime, you attack those who deserve answers. This is offensive and counter productive. Even if one had a valid point, you do not make a statement like this, that seems like you have no idea the gravity of what has been done. You don’t have a valid point anyway. For goodness sake >200 people lost their lives due to human error on your part. Yes, true, you make the greatest sacrifice for the nation but it is not an excuse to mess up and certainly not a reason for you to expect us(civilians) to keep quiet. An apology, taking responsibility and informing us about the steps taken so far in investigating will suffice. PERIOD.

  2. Name

    January 24, 2017 at 11:51 am

    You accidentally kill over 236, yet you do not want public opinion.

    you took away the fundamental human right “to live” of 236! You also sort to take away our freedom of expression.


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