Nigeria’s cut throat terrorists, Boko Haram are at it again.

On Wednesday, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC said militants suspected to be members of the group have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria.

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The research team are looking for crude oil reserves in the northeast region on behalf of NNPC.

NNPC spokesman Ndu Ughamadu said the contractors were kidnapped near Jibi village in Borno state on Tuesday afternoon.

"About 10 members of the University of Maiduguri geology and surveying department were abducted by suspected Boko Haram members," Ughamadu said, noting that the group included academic staff, drivers and other workers.

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The University of Maiduguri said some of its lecturers, who were accompanied by security staff, had not returned on Tuesday from an oil prospecting trip.

Its spokesman said the university was waiting for a report from security agencies