0 Shares 90 Views
00:00:00
16 Aug

Boko Haram: NNPC confirms kidnap of 10 UNIMAID oil research team

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has confirmed the kidnap by Boko Haram militants of  10 members of the University of Maiduguri research team prospecting for oil in northeast Nigeria.

kidnapNNPC spokesman Ndu Ughamadu said the men, working as consultants were kidnapped near Jibi village in Borno state on Tuesday afternoon. The village is in Magumeri local government area, about 50 km (30 miles) from the state capital, Maiduguri.

“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.

The university said some of its lecturers, who were accompanied by security staff, had not returned on Tuesday from a prospecting trip. Its spokesman said the university was waiting for a report from security agencies.

 The NNPC has been surveying for more than a year for what it says could be vast oil reserves in the Lake Chad Basin, a region wracked for eight years by an Islamist insurgency, which has killed at least 20,000 people and forced some 2.7 million to flee their homes.

Nigeria relies on oil for two-thirds of its revenue. The NNPC is trying to reduce its reliance on crude from the southern Niger Delta where militant attacks cut production by more than a third in 2016, deepening the recession in the country.

Boko Haram, which attained international notoriety after kidnapping 270 girls from their school in the town of Chibok in 2014, is trying to create an Islamic state in the Lake Chad Basin area.

At least 62 people have been killed in Maiduguri and its environs since early June, in renewed bombing attacks. Seventeen people were killed in the city in one week this month.

The conflict has not deterred NNPC’s search for oil in the region.

“We are working with the security agencies for an early return to the Chad Basin,” aiming for drilling to start in the fourth quarter of the year, NNPC chief Maikanti Baru said at the beginning of July.

In May, the NNPC said it would resume oil exploration in the northeast “on the heels of (the) improved security situation”.

You may be interested

ASUU embarks on indefinite strike

CharlesJoseph - Aug 14, 2017

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"] ASUU[/caption] The Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite nationwide strike due to the…

NUC Approves TECH-U Academic programmes
Regionals, South-West
0 shares326 views

NUC Approves TECH-U Academic programmes

Toluwalase Bakare - Aug 07, 2017

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved 14 programmes for the commencement of academic activities of the Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan. This approval…

The Milestone of the Constitution Review, By Bamikole Omishore
Opinions
0 shares287 views

The Milestone of the Constitution Review, By Bamikole Omishore

Toluwalase Bakare - Aug 06, 2017

Nigeria became an internationally recognised independent nation in 1960 and has since then had series of constitutions in the past which include the…

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Most from this category

Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com