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70 UNIMAID lecturers resign over B’Haram attacks

70 lecturers of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) have resigned since Boko Haram began terrorising the North-East.

Chairman, UNIMAID chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Dani Mamman, made this known while speaking with newsmen at the weekend.

Mamman said, “About 70 lecturers left, about five died and three are held hostage by Boko Haram. The admission figure of students has been dropping since insurgency started in 2012. We don’t know what will happen to the admission of students this year.

“The exit of some lecturers has affected research and learning because some are specialists in their fields. Usually, such exodus affects accreditation of some programmes and courses.

“We requested the government to increase security personnel, security gadgets and construction of the 23.7 km perimeter fence. In the interim, the state governor has started building a 10.3 km perimeter fence.

In a related development, the military spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement yesterday that the Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Forward Operation Base Mainok has killed two Boko Haram suspects in an ambush along Alagarno forest axis in Borno State.

He said that the insurgents were ferrying logistics items to their colleagues when they were caught in the ambush.

He said that two weapons, motorcycles, Jerry cans and grounded guinea corn were recovered from them during the operation.

“Similarly, troops of 151 Battalion, 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, on routine clearing of bushes to aid unhindered movement of troops discovered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The IEDs were connected together laid on the shoulder of the road at a suspected terrorist ambush site in Banki Junction near Bama.

“The troops successfully disconnected and recovered them,” Usman said.

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