The academic activities of universities in Nigeria are about to be suspended until lecturers of the University of Maiduguri abducted by Boko Haram are released.

It is the second demand for the rescue of the abducted lecturers who appeared in a video released by Boko Haram on Saturday.

The lecturers, oil exploration workers and some officials of the Joint Task Force in northeast were abducted by Boko Haram on 25th July.

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, had asked the military to explore every means to get the abducted persons out.

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Again, another request is coming with a threat that will result in a lock-down of universities within Nigeria.

Call it solidarity, but the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is threatening an indefinite nationwide strike if its members abducted by Boko Haram terrorists are not rescued.

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The lecturers and the oil exploration workers with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were abducted on Tuesday in an ambush by the terrorists in Borno.

At least 48 people, including 5 lecturers of UNIMAID, at least 15 soldiers, 11 members of the civilian JTF and NNPC workers, were part of the team ambushed by Boko Haram.

They were on their way to Barno Yasu in the Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State.

A day after they were abducted, the military said in a statement that it had rescued them, but Boko Haram released a video showing some of the abducted persons still in their custody.

The persons in the video said they were staff of the university.

The military then came out with a statement, explaining that its earlier claim about their rescue was wrong.

Over 21 bodies have been recovered by the military in its search and rescue operations.