Boko Haram militants abduct oil workers in Lake Chad River Basin
They have ended up making a statement, which is that Boko Haram is still fully loaded. Anybody in doubt can tell the public how a ‘technically defeated’ group could have taken away 10 oil workers with ease….See detail:
No fewer than 10 University research team, which started surveying for the possibility of exploring oil in commercial quantity since April 2016 in the Lake Chad basin have been abducted by armed men, believed to be Boko Haram.
This took place on Tuesday afternoon when the terrorists, armed to the teeth stormed the vicinity where the workers were station and swept sway everybody on sight into their vehicles and made off to unknown destination.
According to NNPC, spokesman Ndu Ughamadu, on Wednesday, the contractors were abducted at gun point and taken to unknown destination.
Ughamadu said contractor-consultants, were working near Jibi village in Borno State before they were attacked and taken away on Tuesday afternoon.
The village is in Magumeri local government area, about 50 km from the state capital, Maiduguri.
“About 10 members of the University of Maiduguri Geology and Surveying department were abducted by suspected Boko Haram members .
“The group included academic staff, drivers and other contractors,” Ughamadu said.
Confirming the development , the University stated that some of its lecturers, who were accompanied by security staff, had not returned on Tuesday from a prospecting trip.
It said the attention of NNPC and other security agencies had been drawn to the development, adding that no group had claimed responsibility.
“We are still awaiting any report from the various security agencies that we have notified But there is tension within the institution,” a senior academic staff said on the condition of anonymity.
Though Boko Haram activities have been seriously affecting business and other social activities in the Borno State, especially the Maiduguri axis, NNPC has maintained that such had nothing to do with its oil prospecting business in the region.
It would be recalled that the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru told newsmen in Abuja in May 2017, that oil prospecting in the Chad Basin would take a wider dimension towards the end of July.
In his words a visibly elated Baru had said: “We are working with the security agencies for an early return to the Chad Basin, aimed at drilling to start in earbest in the fourth quarter of the year,
In May, the NNPC said it would resume oil exploration in the northeast “on the heels of (the) improved security situation”.
The style used by the heavily fortified group that abducted the oil contractors, according to the locals, was like all other styles used by the Boko Haram in the area.
The attack on the oil workers, is feared, may slow down NNPC activities within the Lake Chad Basin, which it believes has a vast quantity of oil, which Nigeria intends to add to its production output of 2.3 million barrel per day (bpd), before it slipped off to less than 1,4 million bpd in 2016 due to activities of the Niger Delta militancy.