Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the military to deploy all available resources to rescue missing members of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) exploration team, ambushed by Boko Haram fighters at Gubio, Borno State last week.
Osinbajo issued the directive to the service chiefs during an emergency meeting he held with them last Thursday at the Presidential Villa, when he asked them to relocate to Maiduguri.
The Acting President, according to his media aide, Laolu Akande, also directed the service chiefs to raise their stake in the war against the insurgents and effectively secure the north east region.
He explained that the exploratory mission of NNNPC at the Lake Chad Basin aims at opening up new area for oil exploration.
Mr. Akande said, “The terrorist attack resulted in a number of deaths of hardworking and innocent Nigerians, and the abduction of some.
“Prof. Osinbajo commiserates with the families, relatives and associates of those who lost their lives in the despicable onslaught and wishes the injured speedy recovery.”
He added that “justice would be pursued for the victims and against those who engage in this kind of unacceptable, criminal and terrorist conduct.”
“Some of these extraordinarily selfless Nigerians from the NNPC and the University Of Maiduguri put their lives on the line that we and generations to come will enjoy the resources of this land. We will never forget that sacrifice”, he said.