Forty-eight corpses of the people killed by Boko Haram terrorists during an oil exploration to the Lake Chad Basin have been taken to the Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in the Borno State capital.
Sources at the UMTH and the Maimalari Army Barrack reported to The PUNCH that the corpses were taken into Maiduguri from the scene of the attack.
The corpses include 18 soldiers, 15 Civilian JTF, five university staff and four NNPC drivers.
Six people who were wounded in the attack but escaped to a place in Yobe State were later found dead and brought to Maiduguri.
Asides the wounded soldiers admitted to military hospital in the town, two members of the Civilian JTF were as at Thursday on admission at the UMTH.
In a press statement on Wednesday, the army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said all the NNPC staff abducted in the Tuesday’s ambush had been rescued.
Usman said: “On receipt of the information, the Brigade mobilized and sent reinforcement, search and rescue party that include the Armed Forces Special Forces and guides that worked and pursued the terrorists throughout the night.
“So far, they have rescued all the NNPC staff and recovered the corpses of the Officer, 8 soldiers and a civilian who have been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.
“The team recovered 4 vehicles one of which include a gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun, 2 white Hilux taken away from NNPC staff and 1 blue Hilux belonging to CJTF. The team also recovered large quantities of arms and ammunition, several spare tyres, many jerry cans of containing Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant, assorted drugs, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials, reflective jackets and a Motorola handheld radio, among others. The team also neutralized many of the terrorists.”
However, investigations revealed that five lecturers from the University of Maiduguri in the exploration team were killed.
They were Dr. Joseph Millitus, Dr. Manaja Uba and Idris Njodi.
A family member of one of the deceased (Dr. Joseph Millitus), Daniel Millitus told the PUNCH that the family was still in grief over the loss of one of the rising stars of the family.
When contacted on mobile by journalists, the spokesman of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Danjuma Gambo, said, he was in Abuja and, therefore, has little access to information on happenings at the institution.
He, however, promised to gather more information on the reports as soon as he gets back on campus from Abuja.
When contacted on the matter, The Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Col. Kingsley Samuel, said it was not within the purview of the 7 Division where he is the spokesman.
He said that: “You have to get in contact with Abuja on this, as I have no available information. It is under the 8 division.