by Simon Ateba,
oko Haram terrorists have released the video of the abducted workers of the University of Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, where the insurgency began in 2009 before spreading to other parts of Nigeria, then Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
One account said more than 40 people were killed by the terrorists.
In the video, the abducted university staffers are pleading with the government to meet the demands of the terrorist group and help them regain freedom.
The video was first received by Channels TV, a local Nigerian television station located on the outskirts of Lagos.
Two of the abducted men said they were lecturers in the Geology Department of the University and gave their names as Yusuf Ibrahim and Dr Solomon N. Yusuf, while the third man identified himself as Haruna, adding that he was a driver with the university.
Yusuf, who spoke on behalf of the trio, called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, UNIMAID Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, and the NNPC among others to come to their aid.
“I want to call on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to come to our rescue, to meet the demands of Soldiers of Calipha Abu Musab al-Barnawi. They have promised us that if their demands are met, they will release us immediately to go back to the work we were caught doing.
“I want to call the attention of the entire country; we were captured doing the work of exploration – of acquiring gravity, magnetic and soil geochemistry for exploration in the Nigerian sector of the Chad Basin, which will boost the economy of the nation. We were caught in the line of our service,” Yusuf said.
“I want to call the attention of the Acting President that we have seen the route we took up to this position where we are recording this video right now. I want to advise that the use of excessive force is not the solution. We want to call on the Federal Government to meet these demands and as promised, they will release us immediately.”