UPDATES ON KANO BOMBING: Death toll in Kano university bombing hits 15

UPDATE 12: Confirmed dead Sylvester Adah, of the university’s bursary department, who went to church with his family. 

UPDATE 11: All entrances to Bayero University closed. Fully armed security operatives have taken positions around the campus.

There’s massive manhunt for the bombers on the campus, although witnesses say the bombers bolted over 20 minutes before police and the military arrived.

A top military operative on the campus said his team is suspicious that the bombers were still hiding on the campus. 

UPDATE 10: Huge secrecy! Emergency workers effectively blocked from participating in rescue work. Media too fenced off from scene. The dead and wounded were evacuated to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital through the back gate of the university while emergency workers were waiting to be admitted to the scene to participate in rescue work.

The emergency ward of the Aminu Kano hospital has been closed to the public. Hospital authorities refused to allow rescue workers in. The emergency workers and volunteers have dispersed in frustration.

“This is a record,’ an emergency official told PREMIUM TIMES. “I have never seen a place anywhere in the world where accredited rescue workers are blocked from scenes of disasters.” 

UPDATE 9: Bayero University spokesperson, Mustapha Zaharadeen, says he’s only able to confirm 7 dead (including a professor) and several injured. He says the university is now calm.

UPDATE 8: Death toll in Kano university bombings hits 15, a reliable source just told us. He said the figure would most likely rise, as a lot of the wounded are in critical condition. Kano police commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, says his team is contacting hospitals to update casualty figure. 

UPDATE 7: Engr Abubakar of the Kano State Emergency Management Agency told just PREMIUM TIMES that rescue workers are still unable to access the scene of the incident. “The scene has been cordoned off by security agencies and we have been shut out. We are about two kilometres to the scene. Everybody is here, including the Red Cross and other agencies. We have important work to do at the scene, but we are here. We don’t know what to do.

UPDATE 6: The National Emergency Management Agency says it has mobilised response agencies and volunteers to the bomb scene for rescue operation since it has no office in Kano.

NEMA’s spokesperson, Yushau Shuaibu, said in a statement, “About an hour ago,  NEMA attention was drawn to explosions and gunshots  at old site BUK campus in Kano. 

“Since NEMA has no office in the state we have mobilised response agencies and volunteers to the scene.”

UPDATE 5: Kano Police commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, just told us 8 are confirmed dead and several injured. Witnesses say figure is higher. Mr. Idris added, “The situation is under control, Kano is now calm. The injured have been taken to hospital.  

UPDATE 4: Main gate to old site cordoned off by soldiers.Witnesses say they first attacked soldiers on guard before bombing. Uncomfirmed reports say two professors are among the casualties  

UPDATE 3: Witnesses say JTF has driven away in two pick-up vans filled with corpses, and wounded

UPDATE 2: A Kano resident sent us this: “I wasn’t there but I know of the first place they went to in BUK! There is a Federal Government-assisted IT infrastructure site inside BUK old site that they first went to. They told the legionnaires guarding that they were there to bomb the building because it belonged to the Federal Government.”

“After much begging and quoting of the Quran by the aged legionnaires, Boko Haram left and about 20 minutes later, they started bombing the chaplain and shootings broke out.

“Meanwhile, the area has been cordoned off by late arriving security.”

 

UPDATE 1: The explosion started around 8 a.m. They attacked theatres 2 & 3, where the christians normally have their services.

Witnesses say the they gun shots lasted for more than 30 minutes. They said two bombs went off around the two theatres which are situated in between the faculties of medicine and science in the Bayero University.

The Joint Task Force, which is overseeing security in the city didn’t arrive until  20 minutes after the gunmen had left. A witness said the attackers were seven in number.

The place is now calm, he said.

We spoke to one clergy, who said he was conducting service in one of the theatres when the blasts went off.

He said it occurred 30 metres away from where he stood, adding that what scarred him most was the gunshots that followed the bombing.

He admitted casualties but is still in state of shock and could not tell how many.

See our initial post below

FIRST POST: Reports reaching us from Kano say multiple bomb explosion has just gone off around Bayero University Kano. Sporadic gunfire is also heard around the old site of the university.

A source said the attack targeted catholic worshippers at the Champlaincy right inside the university.

We are unable to confirm casualty and extent of damage at this point. Spokesperson of the Kano Police could not be reached for comments as at the time of this report.

Details later…

  • Morganali140

    How many mosques have been bombed since the spate of this bombings? Who’s fooling who? This is calling for a religious war.

    • Patience

      @Morganli40,u said 10 churches?what about Churches in yobe,mubi and so on.more than 50 Churches have been bombed so far.but let us always remember that a Christian,is a very peaceful person.God is not asleep.He is watching.worry no more and dont stop praying for the NATION.

      • Morgan140

        Patience,u are quite rite. if we have to be point-blank,then more than 100 churches have been burnt but i was referring to explosions from IEDs used to bomb the churches within the past 6 months. This is what Buhari wanted and he thinkd he can rule this country. He said he was going to make the govt of GEJ ungovernable. God is watching.

        • Asba

          Morgan or what ever is your name please keep Buhari out of this. Buhari will never support enemies of Nigeria.

    • Asab123

      Hello. u a thinking more of an ignorant fellow. Our major problem in Nigeria is people who think like u. Please always open your mind and think in every situation u find ur self. May GOD guide aright

  • Morgan140

    close to or more than 10 churches have been attacked by the Boko Haram and we don’t see or hear of any mosques beeing bombed. What if some Christian fundermentalists(if any) insist that Nigeria should be Christianized and go about bombing mosques? The northern elders are not helping issues by harbouring the bombers meanwhile their own kids are schooling and working in foreign lands.

    • http://www.facebook.com/habyboo1 Habib Shehu Usman

      Yes churches have been bombed (very unfortunate)… Boko haram is less than 1% percent of the muslims in Nigeria and the other 99% have made their stance clear that Boko haram is not representing them or islam… If after all these explanations u still think otherwise then all i can say is u deserve no further explanation and u and who ever want can do what u deem fit

      • Tayo4arsenal

        Then ur reply is as funny as anything..”he can do what he deem fit”.. I think that’s wot Boko Haram is currently doing.. Your reply is truly uncalled for and states u wouldn’t mind for a christian Fundamentalist rising up… So sad from u.

    • Anonymous

      Please Morgan140, of this churches tell us the number bombed by Xtians and those by Moslems.

  • venria

    Hc

    • http://www.facebook.com/habyboo1 Habib Shehu Usman

      If u still believe Boko Haram is still and attack by muslim on christians even when the victims of boko haram are mainly muslim then u deserve no explanation and u can do whatever u deem fit

      • Dede

        Please fool yourself Habib, we are not fooled, they claim to be fighting FG but they bomb churches and Christian gatherings’, they are just trying to Islamize the country. The Muslim victims are just accidents, why did they not claim responsibility of the one that killed Okada men. They don’t want to lose popularity with Muslims. Muslims are evil and there is chaos everywhere they are in the whole world. They are cursed people. It is unfortunate that we leave with you people in this country.

        • Ximilies

          If you believe the muslims re d ones bombing the church,den do anything you want….is it not a christain woman they catch about to bomb her own church months ago?…or is that boko haram or muslims too?

          • bakar

            islamic religion is a complicated 1,which if u do not pay attention u will definitely misunderstand it,lets not bomb ourselves with our comments.both d president,governors,religious leaders esp.islamic knows pple behind dis terror.but we mercies re d ones surfering it,dis bomb has been estimated to worth billions of dollars,can a poor man afford dat?how i wish yaradua is still alive,our president is very week or shud i say scared,cos of 2nd tenure.is unfortunate more pple re still going to die,but dis act of violence will not last forever.so u guyz shud stop querelln urselves ok.cos a boko member might still b at work in dis commentary.

        • sharifah

          Dede think b4 u talk, Islam is a religion of peace, dya’s nowhere in d Qur’an dat say kill innocent pple. Wat do u have 2 say abt the 7 christians who were caugth attempting 2 bomb a COCIN church in a village close 2 Jos? That same day anoda person attempted bombing a COCIN church inside jos, and was identified by d members of d church as a member. He was beaten 2 death by d remain members of d church. .

      • Lanre

        Habib. I feel you. I am a Christian but I am also a sensible person. This situation is beyond Muslims killing Christians. Somebody, somewhere is deliberately creating chaos for a reason.

        • Autakulu

          @ Lanre, I really subscribe with your opinion, may God not allow the supporters of these episodes to achieve their aim.

          • Evelyntee2000

            One thing I know for sure is anyone that truly has the fear God in him will not hurt his fellow being regardless of his believe or religious affiliation. What is happening in this country is beyond religion. Those irresponsible bombers are just trying to bring confusion between christians and Muslims in this country. What is expected of all the God fearing Christians and Muslims is to cry to God for mercy and ask him to fight this battle by exposing all that are behind these killings so that the accused will be vindicated in the end.

  • Uwayemenu

    Morgan ur very correct

  • Epl47

    i know that christains are watching and God is watching too,the day christains will will arise to clean up this nonsense,I know we would have soouthern and northern. Nigeria as it is in sudan today

    • Asba

      EPL47 you proposal is rely ok. Let nija split.

  • sadeeq

    What this means? What the essence of doin this?

  • Guest

    so suddenly the lecture teathers used have turned to churches too and if i may ask where r these attacks staged if not in the north do bomb chooses who the kill i very much belief all the attacks carried out since this terrorist group started have take also the life of notherners and muslims…So stop call this a xristian muslim fight and look beyound wat you see…

  • Hafeez4real

    This is just too ridiculous… These barbaric fellows are just trying to upset Nigerians and destabilized us. They only want to start a religious war. They r not even confirmed muslims, all is just tagged under “Boko Haram”. My brothers n sisters, don’t let these evil doers get dia desired aim by starting a religious war becos we have frends n family all over d country who could be harmed. Let’s find another way to curb this dastardly acts since our corrupt leaders would do nothing about but fight for dia pockets. God bless Nigeria. Hafeez Sekoni

    • Omeiza Beida

      But the christian are tired of dying

  • Haksamy

    Is it because we Hausa’s are not Kanuri that Boko Haram is terrorising Kano.

  • Asab123

    Hello, fellow citizens. We should not be carried a way by centiment of religion or regional affiliation. These bombbings is not a religious/ regional issue but, POLITICAL/ECONOMICAL. Please I refer you to the recent statement of General Aziza (Presidential Adviser on Security) who is aChristain, a PDP member and from South South of Nigeria, yet the President GEJ is depending themselves. Our main problem today in Nigeria is centiment and corruption while the Chronic Cancer is PDP Govt. PDP Leadership and Govement knows the bombers and BOKO Haram members. Remember, we the Northners are not affraid of separation. If that is the best for all, can we fast trck it please?……

  • Hatygirl

    U thk ur the only angry person?our friends and families hav bn attackd too! my God my brthr nearly died for cryn out loud.and is he cristain? NO! This war or watever it is,religious or not ..all i know is that people from both religions are bn hurt.these Bh pple dont care wat or who u worship.just that the moment u get in there way…and in a loss for who to blame u pick buhari andsay northern elders are habourn these attackers.i think its just fair tohold blames till one has prooof.most of the ppl around me are muslims and i honestly dont see anybody rejoicing over all these.besyds if this was a cristain only attack,why should it happen it kano!? Ask urselves ppl!we just have to pray,may God of all help us…

    • Lanre

      Hatygirl, I feel you. I just told Habib the same thing too. I am a Christian and I know this is not Muslims attacking Christians. Read Azazi’s statements. Read Nduka Obaigbena’s statements and then put on a thinking cap. Some people are out to cause mayhem for a particular reason.

  • Dede

    I pray that this faith befalls anyone that knows these people, aid them and fund them. That their lots be in ruins as they plan for others

  • ABDALLAH

    BOKO HALAS:- pls my people lets be prayerful instead of linking somebody with this barbaric acts of terrorists if we cant prove it, because they have no specific targets or agenda, who rob banks, kill children and women by bombing schools in borno,open fire in public places in the name of targeting security agents while they could not control the bullets and kill anyone. They can not even state reasons for their actions religiously or otherwise talk less of justifying it, 99% of their killings is in the north,they killed many muslim-scholars e.g late shiek jafar. they are nothing but bunch of illiterate criminals suffering from poverty, we should joint hand and fight them(i.e christians and muslims). MAY ALLAH DESTROY THEM AND THEIR SUPPORTERS,SYMPATHIZERS, AND WHOEVER AID THEM IN ANYWAY!

  • Abc123

    GEJ said he knew pp behind BH, Azazi also said it… Pls we northerners we are tired. Let them solve this problem. We are not happy when a christen is killed. We will never be happy of the killings.

  • Ximilies

    The woman caught about to set a bomb in her church , is dat boko haram too or mulims?…if you want to go for religious war christains, go for it nd let’s see if you will suceed …islam means peace…boko haram aint even muslims nd dey never said dey were but because some christains have lil illitracy and re full of conspiracy, they re calling em muslims

  • Ahmad

    Its funny how eveyone is trying to shift the blame; Muslims – Christains, North – South, Hausa/Fulani – other tribes. Aren’t these guys already succeeding?
    To me, if GEJ says BH are in his govt (which is PDP led) and then the National Security Adviser ( an Army General and former Chief of Defence) collaborates that, then that’s all I need to know. In a serious minded and a just and transparent country, the statement of these two is enough to bring the govt down. They should be held responsile because they have absolute control of state security machineries at their disposal, so it means they can put an end to it. Else, they should resign and be charged to court for failing to secure the lives of the citizens.
    I don’t see any religious or ethnic motive, but rather a political one!

    • Omeiza Beida

      You are absolutely right!

  • Jenny Mordi

    WHEN WILL ALL THIS STOP LORD!!!

  • Sagirmadu

    It’s very unfortunate that the whole country like Nigeria cannot provide security for its teaming populace,unemployment,poverty must be throughly addressed with a full sound leadership to all inrespective of all sentiments.

  • Adeyinka Ray

    I think by and large, Nigeria is a country that our economy agenda is determine by the rebels. Because our leader are rebels. I am using this medium to invite the citizen of this humber country to come out for serious revolution. Revolution is the main solution to the problem we are facing. We are tire of People Democratic Problem and Action contracditory of Nigeria

  • KenMani

    Any Southerner still remaining in the North and living among the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani must have himself to blame for possible violence and death suffered. The Federal Government must set up “No Muslim Zones” in the North for the safety of indigenous Northerners who are Christians and choose to remain in the North. All Federal Ministries, parastatals, government agencies and armed forces must commence the immediate and unconditional transfer of Southerners serving in the North back to their native South without any further delay. The Federal Government working with State Governments in the South must budget a minimum of 5 Trillion Naira for the resettlement of displaced Southerners returning from the North especially for those in the private business sector. All academic institutions in the South must offer unconditional admission to all Southern Students returning from the North. Adequate compensation must be paid to all affected victims of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani “we must always rule” power madness called Boko Haram. Presidential elections must be postponed indefinitely until all matters relating to the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani “we must always rule” power madness are settled.

    • Mashehu2006

      Mr Kenmani,pls how old re u?did u know the immediate and remote causes of Nigerian Civil War and when nigerians went tru,d damages dat uptil now we re still recuperating……pls watch ur statement,,,,

  • KenMani

    Any Southerner still remaining in the North and living among the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani must have himself to blame for possible violence and death suffered. The Federal Government must set up “No Muslim Zones” in the North for the safety of indigenous Northerners who are Christians and choose to remain in the North. All Federal Ministries, parastatals, government agencies and armed forces must commence the immediate and unconditional transfer of Southerners serving in the North back to their native South without any further delay. The Federal Government working with State Governments in the South must budget a minimum of 5 Trillion Naira for the resettlement of displaced Southerners returning from the North especially for those in the private business sector. All academic institutions in the South must offer unconditional admission to all Southern Students returning from the North. Adequate compensation must be paid to all affected victims of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani “we must always rule” power madness called Boko Haram. Presidential elections must be postponed indefinitely until all matters relating to the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani “we must always rule” power madness are settled. It is instructive to note that there is nothing political about Boko Haram. Boko Haram is purely a violent attempt to Islamise Nigeria fueled by frustrations that Nigeria’s illegal membership of the OIC has not produced the desired result after many years. The thinking is that if Nigeria is completely Islamised, power will always reside with the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. The chances of an “infidel” like Jonathan coming to power when Nigeria is brought under Islamic rule will never exist. Herein lies the Boko Haram advance wholly supported by all Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani

  • Kenmani

    I, KenMani, a peace loving Nigerian trained in Ahmadu Bello University (1980 – 1983) hereby promise to end Boko Haram in 10 days if the National Assembly will give me the opportunity by impeaching the lame duck called Goodluck Jonathan who is completely not up to the challenge of Boko Haram, amend the constitution and enthrone KenMani as President. I survived the Muslim Students Society (MSS) version of Boko Haram at ABU when it’s founder and leader then, Mr. Ango Abdulahi was the Vice Chancellor of ABU. I have what it takes to stop Boko Haram in 10days. Jonathan’s (Aguiyi Ironsi type) approach to Boko Haram will yield nothing but disaster for all Nigerians especially for Southerners and for Christians from the North. A man, under whose watch the East-West Road, the only Federal Road in the Niger Delta is no longer passable cannot be allowed to toy with the destiny of millions of Nigerians. Jonathan must go now……now…..now.

  • Tahir Abubakar

    nigeria is a great country, with over 120 million people, the most populous black country in the world, with over 250 ethnics, living together since independence. And now the so called boko haram is trying to put asunder, after living so many years together regardless of religion or region. In my opinion BOKO HARAM is a consipiracy thar we shall all condemed it together and pray for peace
    Tahir, Yola.

  • Gracemonday

    Kenmani ur coment is ignorant,every part of Nigeria is owned by Nigerians,and d muslims are fdoolish 4 kicking against xtians,witout xtians dis world wl not b,muslims benefit frm technologies invented by xtians,so instead of kickin against us,dey shud b apreciative 4 once

  • Kenmani

    I must vehemently deplore Jonathan’s (Aguiyi Ironsi type) approach to solving the Boko Haram menace. Instead of piling political and economic pressure on the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani owners of Boko Haram, Jonathan is doing everything possible to please them at the expense of the innocent lives and properties of Southerners and Christians from the North. Before Jonathan came to power, the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani alone consumed about 78% of total Federal resources but today under Jonathan they are now consuming over 92% of Federal resources leaving only 8% for the rest of the country and still asking for more. The very, very vulnerable Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani must be brought under severe political and economic pressure before they can end Boko Haram. The “ Aguiyi Ironsi type” approach of pleasing the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani which Jonathan seems to have adopted will never end Boko Haram.

    • Muss

      Mr kenmani,
      The years 1980-1983 when u were in ABU , Abdrahman Black , Chris Abba and Najaatu Mohd were the presidents of the SU. idoubt if you had played any role in tackling extremism. Pls speak the truth

  • Kenmani

    While I concede the fact that President Jonathan is not to blame for Nigeria’s lack of military preparedness to deal with Boko Haram, I must vehemently deplore Jonathan’s (Aguiyi Ironsi type) approach to solving the Boko Haram menace. Instead of Jonathan piling political and economic pressure on the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani owners of Boko Haram, he is doing everything possible to please them at the expense of the innocent lives and properties of Southerners and Christians from the North. Before Jonathan came to power the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani alone consumed about 78% of total Federal resources but today under Jonathan they are now consuming over 92% of Federal resources leaving only 8% for the rest of the country and still asking for more. The very, very vulnerable Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani must be brought under severe political and economic pressure before they can end Boko Haram. The “ Aguiyi Ironsi type” approach of pleasing the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani which Jonathan seems to have adopted will never end Boko Haram.

  • Nemlong Manchok

    I hope the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwaal who deliberately and intentionally desecrated the Christian Sunday by holding an emergency session on Sunday for fuel subsidy will also arrange to hold an emergency session of the House of Representatives in any Mosque of his own choosing to celebrate the BUK deaths with his fellow Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani blood suckers plus miserable extremely poor background fellows like Hon. Emmanuel Jime

    • Mashehu2006

      MR Manchok am not really confortable wit ur comments on dis issue,when an incidence happen like dis we find a means of analysing it wit all sincerity wit out takin side.let me tell u,were u not aware of d thisday bombin recently d person involved was from a different denomination,so therefore, 4u to make dis synical coments will not solve d problem rather agraviate d situation,i can confidently tell u dat the people going abt claimin boko haram are not muslims,they are psycophans,miscrants ,hudlumbs from different denomination under d disguise of boko haram…pls be mindful wit ur public comments…

  • Musa abba

    I am a Muslim
    I do not in any way support these people and want to make it clear that they are not in any way representing Islam.

    It is understandable the pains of our Cristian brethren, I will feel the same should any group of people from other religion beging to attack me, more especially if they attack me in my mosque and most especially if they have any religious name and claim.

    I want to assure that Muslims in Kano, Maiduguri or Gombe will not hesitate in apprehending these BH people should they wear uniforms or any Identification feature. People’s silence is not out of complicity but out of fear because this is an enemy unkinown. Besides, to these lunatics all crimes are punishable by death even among the Muslims.

    They have sponsors, no doubt but God does not sleep and will expose them one day. If they were fighting a religious course and willing to go to heaven they wouldn’t be hiding, but as it is now they do it cowardly.

    YOU ARE NEITHER REPRESENTING ME NOR MY RELIGION, AND I PRAY GOD EXPOSE YOU!!!!

  • Ihi1306

    An average muslim from youthful age is thought to b courageous n to stand against injustice, corruption, oppression even if he/she have to die for such curse. These attributes has over d time been seen as an act of violence amongst other religious believe. Islam in arabic means “peace”. It encourages leaving with ur neighbour in total harmony. A muslim is condemned not to kill animals if its for the sake of hunting n not for food. Not to talk of a fellow human. Its totally ridiculous if sum learned ppl(which I kno we all r) still thinks this charade by certain group of benefactor of d countries wealth wen we r in chaos r actually a religious sect? I c a group of powerful ppl who if we r not careful could this great country into sumtn similar to libya n egypt. I’m not a PDP fan or an CAN but just sum1 like u who wants good governance. GEJ is our leader weather we like it or not, weather he’s smart or passive, but if we come together as 1 n give him d support wt our prayers, he might find a way out of diz. Don’t forget uneasy they say lies d head that wears d crown. He has a lot of bokoharam around him, not only doze who do d bombings, but also doze who looths d countries treasury n make education not affordable for d masses. Doze who fly 1st class worth 1.5m n can’t even spell there names. Doze who call themselves lawmakers but lawbreakers. Boko haram means western education not allow. Now they r bombin skools so we d poor masses wuld b scared to send how kids to skool wyl they send theirs abroad. Culd keep goin on but u all know the stories. Let’s just sit back for a minutes n see who benefits from this. Muslim, christian, yoruba,hausa,igbo, southsouth,southwest,northcentral, none of d above. How many minister, senator,governor member of house has been killed by d bombs? I’m just wondering we r actually makin it easy for these ‘ACTS’ to make us think bout division. United they say we stand, divided we perish.

  • Alphonsusduniya

    I feel all of you are making noise by blaming one another. Moslems or no moslems , this is biting hard into our systems because if it is not yours today, it might be yours tomorrow. Stop the blames and lets suggest the way forward because war on terror is everybody’s responsibility not the government some of you are talking about(GEJ). By the way, who is the government? is it not you and I. Common lets not be myopic in our thinking.