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UNIMAID lecturers resign over fears of Boko Haram attack



-Fear of Boko Haram has affected the number of students enrolling at UNIMAID. 

-Oil exploration will continue in the Lake Chad Basin.

The onslaught of the Boko Haram insurgents have forced at least 70 lecturers to resign from the University of Maiduguri since 2009.

Dani Mamman, chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Maiduguri chapter, who disclosed this to the BBC, said the number of students enrolling had dropped significantly since the insurgency started in Maiduguri.

He however, also said the university had employed lecturers to replace those who left.

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As part of efforts aimed at combating the insurgents, authorities in Borno state began digging a 27km (17 miles) trench around the university to forestall attacks by the militants.

Recall that recently, some staff of the university, who were hired by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to explore the Lake Chad basin for oil, were ambushed and killed by Boko Haram terrorists.

Three members of the oil exploratory contingent, who are staff of the university, are still in captivity.

Not withstanding these developments, Ibrahim Njodi, vice-chancellor of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), has said the search for oil in the Lake Chad basin will continue as they will not be threatened by any group of people.

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