Osinbajo speaks on Boko Haram attack on NNPC, UNIMAID staff

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The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has spoken on the Boko Haram attack on oil explorers that caused over two dozen deaths.

Mr. Osinbajo described the victims as “extraordinarily selfless Nigerians from the NNPC and the University of Maiduguri,” saying they “put their lives on the line that we and generations to come will enjoy the resources of this land. We will never forget that sacrifice.”

In a statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, Mr. Osinbajo also paid “tribute to the resilience, courage and bravery of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their gallant endeavours and sacrifices.”

PREMIUM TIMES had reported the last week attack on geologists and their aides who were on an oil exploration to Lake Chad Basin when they were ambushed.

The Army has since confirmed that at least 14 soldiers, 11 civilian joint task force, CJTF, and five staff of the university were killed in the attack and subsequent rescue efforts.

The university staff were subcontracted by the state oil firm, NNPC, for the exploration exercise.

At least four staff of the university are still missing with three of them in the custody of the terror group. The three were shown in a recent Boko Haram video begging the government to negotiate for their release.

In the statement on Sunday, Mr. Akande said Mr. Osinbajo has “ordered the continuation of search and rescue missions to locate and ensure the freedom of all remaining abducted persons as soon as possible.”

Read Mr. Akande’s full statement below.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo condemns the appalling ambush, attack and abduction of soldiers, and civilians who were carrying out their duties to the Nation in the Lake Chad Basin Frontier Exploration.