Friday, 28 July 2017

Abduction of Scientists: Unimaid VC says nobody was rescued

Abubakar Njodi, the Vice Chancelor of the University of Maiduguri has questioned the claim by the Military that it has rescued the geologists working for the NNPC earlier kidnapped at Lake Chad on Wednesday. 
The abducted scientists were in search of crude oil at the Lake Chad when they were ambushed by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect. Reports later emerged that they were rescued by the Military.
However, VC Njodi today wondered "how can the recovery of corpses be referred to as being rescued,”
The VC who also lost his brother in the attack, spoke when a delegation of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum paid school a condolence visit.
He lamented that the lecturers who lost their lives were irreplaceable having put in many years to serving the school.
“The military said it has rescued all the geologists working for NNPC. I wonder how can the recovery of corpses be referred to as being rescued.
“We are all at liberty to guess now as to whether security was provided or not.
“We have lost four vibrant members of our academic staff in that incident. None of the affected lecturers put in less than ten years in the university. For me to get a replacement for them would be difficult. We are talking of a department that has about 12 to 13 members of academic staff. Four of them are no more.
“In our commitment to contribute to the country’s economic development, we defied the odds and joined the operation. Initially, we reluctantly accepted to go back and joined the operation, but we were assured of adequate security.
“The deceased (victims of the insurgency) should be immortalised, they deserve the national honour."
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