On July 25, three University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) lecturers were captured by Boko Haram during an oil exploration in Borno. Among the abducted victims, Dr. Solomon N. Yusuf has written a letter to his wife.
In the letter made available to Sahara Reporters and dated Monday, September 4, Dr. Solomon called on the Federal Government to speed up its process of negotiating for their release from their captor Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi, as he further warned that delay in doing so poses a huge risk to their lives.
“I want to emphasize that delay in getting our freedom poses risk to our dear lives. We never expected we would spend over 42 days (as at 4 September) in captivity because the project has presidential orders to explore hydrocarbon in the Chad Basin.
“The government should please continue negotiating with the present contact given to them by the University of Maiduguri as a means of contacting soldiers of Khalifa under the leadership of Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi.
“We plead with the government to treat our freedom with all sense of urgency and sympathy so that that we can be reunited with our families. The use of force is a serious threat to our lives.”
The abducted who disclosed that over 70 people had died in the exploration saga, also revealed that his colleagues, Messrs Yusuf Ibrahim and Haruna Dashe are alive, well and hoping to return home while also urging that the new baby delivered in his absence be named by his father, Mr. Nehemiah Yusuf.
He thanked the national and University of Maiduguri chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for calling for their release.
Below is the letter:
Prior to the recently released letter, a video had earlier been released by the insurgent group in which the abducted staff appealed to the Federal Government to come to their aid. The demands of the sect was however not stated.
In a video obtained by Channels Television, two lecturers in the Geology Department of the University, Yusuf Ibrahim and Dr Solomon N. Yusuf, and a third man, Haruna, a driver were shown saying that they were part of oil workers and academics ambushed and abducted by the Abu Musab al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram.
Dr. Yusuf, who spoke on behalf of the trio, called on the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, UNIMAID Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, the NNPC and others to come to their aid.
The video below: