Kuni Tyessi in Abuja
Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah has called the Council and Management of University of Maiduguri to cushion the trauma of the staff members of the University of Maiduguri who recently regained their freedom after over seven months of adoption by insurgents.
Anwukah received the released staff and top officials of the University led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Abukakar Njodi in his office, appealing that the oil company involved in the exploration drive should also consider appropriate palliative measures for the affected staff members including the families of the six that lost their lives in the attack.
The Minister described the attack on the lecturers as a rude shock and urged the survivors to put the ordeal behind and forge ahead.
Addressing the Minister of State earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi recalled that the insurgents struck in July, 2017 when the team of nine staff members of the University were on sample collection mission in respect of oil exploration.
The Vice Chancellor who was in tears as he reflected on the traumatic incident, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed all the organs of government that made the release of the three officers possible
The released officers are: Dr Solomon Yusuf, a Senior Lecturer in Geo-Physics, Mr. Yusuf Ibrahim a Graduate- Assistant and Haruna Dashe, a Technical Officer in the institution.