Among those killed in the mosque attack at the University of Maiduguri suicide bomb attack on Monday morning, January 16, is a University Professor, Aliyu Mani.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency, 5 people were killed when two suicide bombers entered two of the University’s mosques, while some students and staff of the university were observing early dawn Fajr prayer at 6:30 a.m (Nigerian time), and blew themselves up, leaving at least 15 others seriously injured.
Casualties from the blast who sustained various degrees of injuries have been rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Before his death, Professor Aliyu Mani served the university as the Director of Veterinary Services.
Sources say one of the bombers was a seven-year-old boy, and the second attack reportedly took place near the university’s 5th gate usually used by pedestrians.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram.
Since insurgency began over seven years ago in Borno state, this explosion is the first major onslaught on the university, although there have been several attempts by Boko Haram terrorists to attack the University, which has always been repelled by the military.
Confirming the incident to press men in Maiduguri, the Borno Police Command through the Commissioner of Police(CP), Damian Chukwu, said a mobile police officer who was on duty sighted a suicide bomber trying to scale the fence at gate five of the university.
Suspicious of his movement, the mobile police officer instantly gunned him down and his bomb exploded killing him instantly.
Speaking on the incident, Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency(SEMA), Alhaji Satomi Ahmed, appealed to all Nigerians to be vigilant and ensure proper watch because the insurgents are in disarray and employing any tactic to cause havoc.