The extent of the fatality recorded during last Tuesday’s ambush of oil exploration workers in the Lake Chad Basin by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, emerged Thursday as sources said 48 bodies of the victims of the attack were deposited at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) mortuary.
The information came just as Acting President Yemi Osinbajo met with service chiefs Thursday in Abuja over the resurgence of terrorist attacks in the country and ordered them to relocate to Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Boko Haram terror.
It was also gathered that the bodies of six persons who were wounded in the attack but escaped to somewhere in Yobe State where they were later found dead had been brought to Maiduguri.
Apart from the wounded soldiers admitted to the military hospital in the town, two members of the Civilian JTF were also on admission at the UMTH Thursday.
The Nigerian Army in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, had claimed that all the NNPC staff abducted in the Tuesday ambush had been rescued.
But investigations revealed that five lecturers from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in the exploration team were killed.
Following renewed deadly Boko Haram attacks in the North-east, Osinbajo Thursday summoned service chiefs to an emergency meeting in the State House, Abuja.