It is not yet clear what went down with the rescue operation by Nigerian army to free abducted oil exploration team abducted by Boko Haram on Tuesday.

While the army said they have rescued the kidnapped men, the university of Maiduguri is singing a different song.

The university is saying that some of its staff (geologists) brought to Maiduguri are dead while some are still missing.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities' Maiduguri chapter said 5 staff of its members were killed by Boko Haram.

“We were first elated when we heard that the military rescued the victims. But, to our dismay we discovered that they were all killed.

“Our initial hope to see them alive was dashed. The soldiers brought only dead bodies,” said Dan Mamman, who is the ASUU chairman in UNIMAID.

“Four lecturers,” he said, “are still missing and we are seriously concerned about their safety, we do not know their whereabouts.”

Mamman gave the names of two of the victims as Ibrahim Yusuf and Aji Kolo.

This is contrary to the military’s claims in a statement on Wednesday that it had rescued all the victims.

Brig Gen Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations, had said in the statement that nine soldiers and one civilian were killed in the attack.

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