Rann Bombing: House Of Representatives Wants Thorough Investigation

house-of-representativesThe House of Representatives in Nigeria is requesting for a thorough investigation into the Nigerian Air Force’s accidental bombing of a settlement in Rann, a community in Borno State.

In a debate that lasted for about an hour, lawmakers called for a probe of the incident which had caused the death of innocent Nigerians.

At least 50 persons were killed when a military jet dropped a bomb on the settlement. The military said it had received reports that fleeing Boko Haram members were settling in the area.

It was a solemn moment, as the sponsor of the motion, which came as a motion of urgent public importance, Representative Sani Zorro, appealed to the House to set up an ad-hoc committee to visit the scene and assess the situation on ground.

Lawmakers, who contributed to the lengthy debate that followed, described the incident as a sad development that must be investigated.

This resolution enjoyed the support of the House and was approved unanimously.

It was an incident that Nigerians are still coming to terms with, even though the military has said that the incident was a regrettable one.

Several of the injured persons are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital city, Maiduguri, with an official of the state government saying 54 of them are in stable condition.

After the debate on the issue, the House resolved to send a 10-man committee to visit the scene and assess the situation on ground.

A minute silence was also observed in honour of those who lost their lives in the incident.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari warned the military to ensure that such an incident would not occur again.

 The Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, conveyed the president’s message when he led a Federal Government delegation on a condolence visit to the Borno state government.

Among the team were the Chief of Staff to the President, Ministers of Defence and Information, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Chief of Air Staff.

Kyari said the visit was initiated by the President, who has condoled with families of victims of the airstrike.

Presidency: Kyari Never Used High Commission Funds For Medical Treatment In London

Presidency, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Garba-Shehu, High CommissionThe Presidency in Nigeria has cleared the air over the controversy trailing the treatment of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, explained that Mr Kyari did not use the funds of the Nigeria High Commission in the United Kingdom to pay his medical bills in the European Nation.

He noted in a statement he issued on Monday that the allegations contained in a report published by an online news medium, were totally incorrect, misleading and a total fabrication.

Mr Shehu’s statement read: “The Nigeria High Commission in London did not at any time ever settle the medical bills or any other bills for that matter as Abba Kyari personally took responsibility for paying his own bills. This is by the Chief of Staff’s choice. He pays for his medicals, his taxi and accommodation in the UK, in spite of the high office he occupies, even when there is no rule that says he cannot be catered for by government.

“For the records, Kyari was rushed out of Nigeria for an emergency medical treatment on the fateful December 1, 2016. To receive him on arrival, the Wellington Hospital needed to have cash deposited, or in the absence of this, a letter of guarantee.

“In order to meet this condition, the Nigeria High Commission in London wrote the Letter of Guarantee to the hospital for treatment to commence. The role of the High Commission didn’t involve financial commitments on behalf of Kyari.

“The Letter of Guarantee from the High Commission was meant to meet the routine requirements of the Wellington Hospital since the patient in question (Kyari) didn’t possess the UK National Health Insurance.

“Apart from senior government officials, other reputable Nigerians are issued with such guarantee letters to hospitals. A guarantor is not liable unless there is a default, but this wasn’t the case with Abba Kyari who paid all his medical bills by himself as he had done on previous occasions.

“Hospital records are available for verification to show that the Nigeria High Commission in London didn’t spend a penny on Kyari, as its involvement didn’t go beyond the issuance of the letter of guarantee to the Wellington Hospital”.

 

Obasanjo Briefs Buhari On Damaged North East Nigeria

ObasanjoFormer president, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday briefed President Muhammdu Buhari on the outcome of his recent trip to Borno State to assess the damage done to the North East by Boko Haram terrorists.

The duo met behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Mohammadu Buhari, who received him into his office at about 12.30PM, saw the former leader off, after the two of held a closed door meeting that lasted for about an hour.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting Mr Obasanjo, who parried most of the questions, however said that he came to brief the President on the outcome of his recent trip to Borno State.

The former president’s visit coincides with the transmission of the budget back to the Office of the President .

The former president, however, said the constitution allows for spending while a thorough scrutiny of the current budget is still ongoing.

Details of the 2016 budget was on Thursday transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, confirmed the transmission to Channels Television.

Senator Enang said he went into the President’s Office for the hand over in the company of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.