Soldiers free Nigerian oil workers, others kidnapped by Boko Haram

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

At least seven persons kidnapped by Boko Haram on Tuesday have been freed, an official has said.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how a yet to be confirmed number of oil explorers hired by the state oil firm, NNPC, were kidnapped by the terror group, alongside their security aides.

The victims were part of the team exploring for crude in the Lake Chad basin.

Report reaching journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital suggest that at least seven of the abducted persons including members of the NNPC exploration crew were freed after a rescue-mission embarked upon by a joint force of soldiers and local security personnel.

The council chairman of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State, Zanna Modu, informed journalists via a phone interview that the rescue was effected on Wednesday after a heated gun battle between soldiers and members of the terror group.

Mr. Modu said of the abducted persons, the troops were able to rescue four Civilian-JTF members, two NNPC personnel and a staff of the University of Maiduguri.

The NNPC had confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that it subcontracted part of the exploration to the Geology department of the University of Maiduguri.

The chairman said a large number of Boko Haram fighters were killed during the shootout.

He added that some vehicles belonging to the NNPC were also recovered.

The University of Maiduguri authorities have declined comment on the abduction incident, citing security concerns.

It is not yet clear if any of the abducted oil workers or their security aides still remain with the Boko Haram.

Read our earlier story on the kidnap here.

More details later…


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  • Sidi


    I don’t believe this agency report that Boko Haram militias did not kill their captives but chose to die
    rather than harm the kidnapped oil workers! It does not fit into the murderous history of Boko Haram.

  • Ali Geidam

    Yes! The brutal General Brutai’s boys have done it again!


    Conspiracy theorists said, earlier on, said that Boko Haram was established by people involved in oil exploration in NE Nigeria, to displace residents and so forth.

    It’s beginning to look credible, just like most conspiracy theories eventually do.

  • emmanuel

    The photo of the new wasteful trip to se Buhari has further shown that the man is incapacitated. He looks more of a mannequin than an active man.
    The Akwa Ibom state governor could not fake a smile in all of the five photos they showed, given the state in which he saw the man.
    We are wasting out time and money, as his hands and voice are totally lost

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Lagoon, oyaa jump inside.

  • Eyo

    Kudo to the Nigeria Army. Great job.

  • Man_Enough

    Heart warming!

    • RBM

      yea! my brother

    • 0tile

      Heart burning indeed. What are the soldiers dying for, crude oil? They are dying for nothing?

  • RBM

    kudos to nigerian army

  • Frank Bassey

    Good news. Nigeria needs oil revenue. The school children abducted in Lagos about two months now can stay in captivity. Their freedom will not yield to revenue growth.

  • 0tile

    God alone knows how much money the sheepish government has wasted digging for crude oil in the arid soil of Northern Nigeria. Unfortunately each time they dig they come back empty handed.