Four Unimaid Lecturers Have Now Spent 69 Days With Boko Haram Terrorists
Four lecturers of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, who were abducted by members of the Boko Haram terrorist sect in the Magumeri area of the state during an oil exploration have now spent 69 days in captivity.
This is according to the report that was given by the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, that the military was still making efforts to rescue the kidnapped lecturers.
Maj. Gen. John Eneche, the Director of Defence Information, on Sunday said, “intelligence [was] still being processed to bring the victims back and alive.”
At least 48 persons were killed by Boko Haram members during the oil exploration to the Lake Chad Basin area on the day that the lecturers were abducted. Sources at the University of Maiduguri, b
Sources at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, where the bodies of the casualties were brought, had revealed that the deceased persons included 18 soldiers, 15 civilian Joint Task Force members, five workers of the university, as well as four drivers with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
One of the abducted lecturers, identified as Dr Solomon Yusuf, had been reported on September 5, to have written a letter to his wife, Hannatu, from the terrorists’ den which was obtained by an online medium, Sahara Reporters. The message contained Dr Yusuf’s lamentation over the anguish that they were undergoing in captivity and therefore urged the Federal Government to set free them from the terrorists’ detention.
When the Defence Headquarters spoke, however, it said that the military was exercising caution, saying that the Boko Haram members might use the abducted lecturers as human shield if they engaged them in direct assault.
He said, “efforts are on. When we get information, we convert it to intelligence. The ultimate is that the Federal Government and the military are doing as much as possible to ensure that these people come out alive.”
Also in July, a video showing women who had also been abducted by Bokon Haram was reportedly released. Click Here to read more.