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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Six members of NNPC exploration team still missing – Army says as Osinbajo orders military to rescue them


The Nigerian Army has said its claim that all staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as well as that of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) have been rescued was ‘regrettable’ and unintentional.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Sani Usman on Saturday, the army said rescue team has recovered additional bodies of 5 soldiers, 11 Civilian JTF and 5 members of the exploration team.

It added that 6 members of exploration team out of 12 that went out are still missing, while one of the NNPC staff returned to base alive.

The statement read in part, “So far the search and rescue team has recovered additional bodies of 5 soldiers, 11 Civilian JTF and 5 members of the exploration team.

“Contrary to reports in some media, 6 members of exploration team out of 12 that went out are still missing, while one of the NNPC staff returned to base alive.

“On the other hand, our pursuit team also recovered 2 of our own Gun trucks and an additional Toyota Buffalo Gun truck from the insurgents. In addition, the team also made the following recoveries; 4 Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs, 4 Rocket Propelled Grenade chargers, 6 AK-47 rifles, 1 Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun,1 Anti-Aircraft Gun Barrel, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, 4 Dane Guns, 8 Tyres and 2 Tyre Rims.

“Other items recovered include 1 Pumping Machine, 2 Tyre Jacks, 1 Super Battery, 5 Reflective Jackets, 3 Toyota Hilux, 4 Jerry cans filled with PMS, 1 Motorola Radio, 1 Geographical Positioning System (GPS), 21 empty Jerry cans, 2 Shovels and 3 Food Coolers. Troops also recovered 122 rounds of PKM ammunition, 213 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 1255 Anti-Aircraft Guns ammunition, 4 boxes of API 12.7mm ammunition, 1 AK-47 Rifle Magazine, a Digger, 2 Bows and 13 Arrows, 2 LLG Bombs, assorted drugs and assorted working tools.”



Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday ordered security operatives to immediately locate and rescue all members of the oil exploration team abducted recently by the Boko Haram sect.

The order was contained in a statement in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

He quoted Osinbajo as saying that those responsible for the ambush must be brought to justice.
The statement read, “While commending the military for the progress already recorded with the rescue of some of the abducted, Prof. Osinbajo has also ordered the continuation of search and rescue missions to locate and ensure the freedom of all remaining abducted persons as soon as possible, using all available and expedient means in the circumstances.

“He adds that justice would be pursued for the victims and against those who engage in this kind of unacceptable, criminal and terrorist conduct.

“Acting President Osinbajo pays tribute to the resilience, courage and bravery of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their gallant endeavours and sacrifices for the peace, security and territorial integrity of our country.

“He eulogises the Nigerian soldiers who have paid the ultimate price in this mission and others linked to the current insurgency and gives a firm assurance that the welfare of the families of the soldiers will be prioritized.

“He also commends the diligence of the management and staff of the NNPC, and the lecturers/consultants from the University of Maiduguri in pursuing Federal Government’s resolve to grow our country’s current crude oil reserve base through potential exploration in the Lake Chad Basin, stressing that the government will by no means be dissuaded.”

He added that the Acting President said the nation will forever remember the officials who put their lives on the line the current and future generations of Nigerians would the resources of the land.

Osinbajo commiserated with the families, relatives and associates of those who lost their lives in the onslaught and wished the injured speedy recovery.

Death toll from the attack has risen to 69, according to new report.




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