Thursday, 27 July 2017

'Three UNIMAID lecturers killed as Boko Haram attack oil workers in Borno

An ambush by Boko Haram terrorists on an oil exploration team in Borno on Tuesday has led to the death of more than three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri, Punch reports.

The newspaper reports that five staff of the university were part of the exploration team.

It was gathered that the lecturers who have been confirmed dead include Dr. Joseph Millitus, Dr. Manaja Uba and Idris Njodi.

A relation of Dr. Millitus who reportedly died in the ambush, Daniel Millitus said the family was still in grief.

He reportedly added that the family was making arrangements to bury the deceased.

Another relation of a slain lecturer (Dr. Manaja Uba), said the family was still in shock.

Boko Haram members 10 officials of a university research team prospecting for oil in the northeast.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday said contractors working as consultants were kidnapped near Jibi village in Borno state on Tuesday afternoon.

NNPC Spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu said, “About 10 members of the University of Maiduguri geology and surveying department were abducted by suspected Boko Haram members,” Ughamadu said.

“The group included academic staff, drivers and other contractors, he said.

The Army on Wednesday had claimed it rescued all the oil workers who were kidnapped by the insurgents.

Army spokesman, Sani Usman had said, “So far, they have rescued all the NNPC staff and recovered the corpses of the officer, eight soldiers and a civilian who have been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

“The team recovered four vehicles, one of which include a gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun, two white Hilux taken away from NNPC staff and one blue Hilux belonging to CJTF.

However, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu has said he cannot confirm the rescue of the oil workers.

He said this while speaking with journalists at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) towers in Abuja, on Thursday.

“We only heard, but can’t confirm if anyone has been rescued,” he said.

The terrorists had laid an ambush for the oil workers in Magumeri local government area of Borno state.

Nine soldiers and some members of the civilian joint task force (CJTF) who were providing security for them were killed.

But the army had said its soldier rescued the workers a day later.

‎”So far, we have rescued all the NNPC staff and recovered the corpses of the officer, eight soldiers and a civilian have who have been evacuated to 7 division medical services and hospital,” Sani Usman, army spokesman, he said.

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