Boko Haram attack: 5 UNIMAID staff killed, 4 missing – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Maiduguri chapter, on Thursday said five members of the institution were killed after Boko Haram fighters attacked oil workers.

The insurgents had attacked a team on oil exploration at Jibi village in Borno State.

The team comprised members of staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, geologists, members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and military personnel.

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The Nigerian Army, in a statement on Wednesday, said it had rescued all the victims.

But the chairman of ASUU in UNIMAID, Dr. Danny Manmam said five workers including two lecturers, two technicians and a driver were killed during the incident while four were still missing.

“We were first elated when we heard that the military had rescued the victims. But, to our dismay, we discovered that they were all killed.

“Our initial hope to see them alive was dashed. To our dismay, rather than seeing our colleagues alive, the military brought their corpses and deposited them in the morgue of the UNIMAID Teaching Hospital,” he said.

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“Four other members of staff are still missing and we are seriously concerned about their safety, we do not know their whereabouts,” he said.

He said the army’s declaration that it has rescued the oil workers was misleading.

Mamman lamented that the military authorities ought to have made it clear that they recovered dead bodies of the victims.

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