Ne­go­ti­ate with B/Haram to re­lease our col­leagues, ge­ol­o­gists tell FG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

The Nige­rian Min­ing and Geo­sciences So­ci­ety has called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to en­ter into ne­go­ti­a­tion with Boko Haram for the re­lease of their mem­bers cap­tured by the group.

The so­ci­ety also asked its mem­bers all over the coun­try to sus­pend min­ing and ex­plo­ration ac­tiv­i­ties un­til their mem­bers are se­cured safely.

An oil ex­plo­ration team was last week am­bushed in Borno State by Boko Haram in­sur­gents who killed many and ab­ducted many oth­ers in the team.

The Pres­i­dent of the Min­ing and Geo­sciences So­ci­ety, Pro­fes­sor Si­las Sun­day, said at a press brief­ing in Ilorin yes­ter­day that the mur­der of some ge­ol­o­gists and cap­ture of oth­ers by Boko Haram was dis­heart­en­ing.

“We want gov­ern­ment to adopt ne­go­ti­a­tion method which has shown ef­fec­tive­ness as wit­nessed in the re­lease of sub­stan­tial num­ber of Chi­bok school girls to res­cue our col­leagues and all oth­ers in cap­tiv­ity of Boko Haram. We are also sup­port­ing the call by the ASUU on the mat­ter and call­ing on our mem­bers to sus­pend min­ing and oil ex­plo­ration now un­til our mem­bers in cap­tiv­ity re­gain free­dom,” the group said.

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