Nigeria university suspends student examinations after suicide attacks killed 4

University of Maiduguri

The University of Maiduguri has suspended the ongoing first semester examinations for one day following the suicide bomb attacks that claimed the lives of four persons, including a professor.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Abubakar Njodi, said exams scheduled for Monday were suspended as the institution mourns those that died in the attack.

He said the attack left 15 other persons injured.

Mr. Njodi, a professor, disclosed this when receiving the state governor, Kashim Shettima, who led a delegation of the state government on a condolence visit to the university.

“From the reports I have been receiving since morning, we have 15 people that have been taken to the hospital from the mosque where it happened. Two of those in the hospital are in critical conditions, o which one of them as I was made to understand is yet to be out of the operation theatre.

“We lost three persons; it was earlier reported to be two, but later the body of Professor Mani was discovered after others were taken to the hospital. That was why there were discrepancies in the figures”.

Apart from three people killed in the mosque bomb explosion, another suicide bomber was shot after which her explosive detonated killing her at another gate of the university, the police and the emergency agency, NEMA, have said.

Mr. Njodi said the university was lucky that the loss was not as colossal as it could have been had the second suicide bomber made her way to a populated area.

“The attackers were two”, he said. “One of them went to the mosque where he detonated his bomb and the other was spotted trying to scale the security before the bomb went off.

“So we have to suspend the exams today (Monday), because we could not have had a stable mind to go and write exams under this grieving condition.  So we have to suspend the exams to allow even the security do all the necessary checks they may want to do.”

The chief security officer of the university, Yakubu Ibrahim, a retired army major, said the second suicide bomber, a teenage girl, was spotted near the 5th Gate of the University.

He said she was seen speaking to herself, and when she was asked to identify herself, she detonated her bomb and killed herself. He did not, like the police, however admit she was shot before the explosion.

Governor Shettima commiserated with the university community on the incident, especially the death of the professor.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the death of the professor, Aliyu Mani, of the veterinary medicine department of the university in the explosion.

The governor also commended the management on the suspension of examinations.

“It is highly commendable that you have suspended the exams for a day. This would allow the security to comb the nooks and crannies of the university in order to avert further occurrence,” he said.

The governor called for stricter security within and around the university. He also promised to rebuild the destroyed mosque.


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  • Millenium Oxen

    Islam is not a religion.
    It is a cult of hate breeders. Now, the Hijab-wearing folks at the
    University of Maiduguri can feel it. But before all Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri people
    will also see the light – that Islam is a ritual of people of the lowest culture
    they’ll have been killed by half. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to
    “bomb the hell out of the mad Muslims” on the surface of the earth. May the force
    be with Donald Trump for clear-eyed vision that Islam is the worst threat to world
    peace.

    • Shobajo

      ARE PREMIUM TIMES JOURNALISTS WEARING HIJAB EVERYDAY IN THE NEWSROOM TOO?

      THAT MEANS PREMIUM TIMES TOO IS GUILTY OF MUJAHEDIN ISLAMISM YOU ARE SAYING!

    • NEWS REEL

      “Boko Haram shares the poisonous worldview that glorifies jihad as a solution to national challenges.
      Appeasing such a group is difficult in theory and impossible in practice. If a group has openly declared
      that it has no other ‘agenda than working to establish an Islamic Kingdom,’ why do people continue to
      cite poverty, unemployment and illiteracy as its main motivation?

      Nothing except force can bring the malevolent sect to its senses. As global experience clearly shows,
      Boko Haram terror threat can only be contained by targeting its leadership and destroying its
      operational capacities, as well as by seeking to discredit its dodgy ideology.”

      ……………..Punch Newspaper Editorial Opinion

      (August 5, 2012)

  • CURIOUSITY

    At least we now know the name of the Professor as Aliyu Mani. This is commendable. Can Premium Times Editor (If it has any) now confirm to us the following details about the ‘about 12 yrs old’ suicide bomber ;
    … Name
    … Surname
    …School attended
    …Local Government of Origin
    …State of origin
    … Parents name
    …Address before the attack
    …last persons she spoke with or stayed with before the attack
    …etc etc etc

    We are tired of giving us names of Islamic terrorists as simply “Suicide Bombers”. We want the FULL details and identity of these people otherwise a Sultan of Sokoto will come tell you that they are from Mali even when El-Ruffia is making monthly payments to them.

  • Adewusi

    What is the name and state of Origin of the suicide bomber please?

  • Gary

    Having being denied of territory to claim their Islamic Caliphate East, Boko Haram has now returned to its original strategy of inflicting savage terrorism on the civilian populace of the North East.
    Unfortunately, Nigeria’s conventional Army is not well-equipped for counter-terrorism. No regular Army really is and it’s going to be tough to stop unless the victims, the civilian populace, undergoes a steep learning curve and determination to resist and identify the terrorists and their local supporters.

  • Vivarevo2

    A revolution is coming soon…..

    Nigeria is in the grips of revolutionary pressures. Boko Haram is a symptom of it; and not its meaning.

    In a revolutionary situation all those who aided and abetted this downfall of Nigeria; including those who

    stole the treasury, and, including journalists who told lies and sold fables to cover up the mess in the country,

    will be killed. It’s as simple as that. Let the wheat and the chaff continue to grow for now, until the harvester comes.

  • Otile

    We know it, we know that suicide bombing is a powerful strategy to wage jihad. It is impossible to defeat a suicide bomber. If a jihadist kills you great rewards await him in alginat, if you kill him greater rewards await him. Either way he has nothing to lose.

    • AryLoyds

      Thats true, islam and its teachings are an abomination

  • thusspokez

    Nigeria university suspends student examinations after suicide attacks killed 4

    And despite this threat to life:

    “Chibok Girls: Nigerian govt invites #BringBackOurGirls for Sambisa search”
    –reported on this website, dated: January 14, 2017