Government & Politics

Abducted Nigerian oil workers appear in Boko Haram video

Lagos (IINA) � Boko Haram extremist group has published a video showing three kidnapped members of an oil exploration team, after an ambush in northeast Nigeria last week that killed at least 50, AFP reported.

In the four-minute video, the trio identify themselves as being from the University of Maiduguri and call on the government to meet the extremists' demands in exchange for their safe return.

The men were part of a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) team on a mission to find commercial quantities of oil in the Lake Chad basin when they came under attack on Tuesday.

I want to call on the acting president Professor Yemi Osinbajo to come to our rescue to meet the demand, one of the men said on the video, which he said was shot on Friday.

Experts said the attack � Boko Haram's bloodiest this year � underscored the persistent threat it poses, despite government claims the group is a spent force.

Source: International Islamic News Agency