Troops Recover Shilka, Gun Truck From Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists

Army, Terrorists Clash In Rann, Borno StateTroops had an encounter with fleeing Boko Haram terrorists and recovered armoured fighting vehicle, trucks, arms and ammunition from the insurgents.

The recovery was made on Wednesday morning by troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, Seven Division of the Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole, during a clearance operation at Dulsa and Buk in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said in a statement that the soldiers neutralised a large number of the terrorists and wounded several others.

“At Dulsa this morning, the troops cleared the hideout of the terrorists during which they neutralised six Boko Haram terrorists, recovered one light machine gun, two rocket propelled grenade tubes and one extra anti-aircraft gun barrel.

“The troops also encountered Boko Haram terrorists’ camp at Buk where they were engaged by the terrorists.

“During the encounter, the troops neutralised a large number of the Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others. They also made an unprecedented recovery.

“The items recovered include nine AK-47 rifles, three Fabrique Nationale rifles, two rocket propelled grenade bombs, one mortar tube, one Shilka, one gun truck mounted with anti-aircraft gun and two Hilux vehicles,” he siad.

General Usman, however, said that three soldiers paid the supreme price while five others were wounded in the action.

He added that one Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle belonging to the Brigade was badly damaged.

The Army spokesman said that the bodies of the late soldiers and those that sustained injuries have since been evacuated.

He also noted that the wounded soldiers are in stable condition.

Bayero University Gets 200M Naira For Nuclear Research

bayeroAbout 200 million naira has been released to Bayero University Kano (BUK) for the procurement of Nuclear Research equipment. 

Addressing a news conference on the forthcoming 31st Convocation Ceremony of the institution, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, said that a Bio Technology Research Centre has already been established under which the Nuclear Research Program will be conducted.

According to Prof Rasheed, the University has already sent some lecturers abroad to obtain a PHD in Bio Technology and return to take charge of the centre.

The VC also said that 18 billion naira grant was secured from the World Bank to fund the University’s Centre for Dry Land Agriculture. This is in addition to over 28 new departments created so far in the university.

Meanwhile, the 2015 convocation ceremony will focus on the ‘New Government Transition, Realities, Expectations and Challenges’.

Police Disrupts ASUU Protest In Bayero University Kano

The Nigeria Police in Kano state has disrupted a peaceful protest by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Bayero University, Kano (BUK). 

The protest was thwarted by armed policemen, who joined those stationed at the University gate as they blocked the entrance, forcing the lecturers back into the university campus.

Although an argument ensued when a police officer made threats, the lecturers marched back to the university premises where the protest held peacefully.

The leader of the ASUU in BUK, Dr. Mahmud Lawan, said although they had been denied the opportunity to express their grievances, the strike would continue because the federal government was not ready to listen to them.

The protest was peacefully carried out despite the presence of armed police officers and the protesters said there would be no going back on the struggle for a better university system.

Police defuses two bombs at Bayero University Kano

Two locally-made high calibre time bombs were on Tuesday discovered and defused at the old campus of the Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

The bombs were discovered at the Faculty of Science, Sports Complex and in front of the Sub-Dean’s office, Faculty of Law of the school.

An eyewitness who wished not to be named said that a strange object was found in the area and the police were alerted.

Following the alert, the police immediately deployed officers from its anti-bomb unit to the scene.

“There is a total confusion as students and lecturers and non-academic staff could be seen running out of the campus”, an eyewitness said.

Police spokesman Magaji Musa Majiya who confirmed the discovery of the bombs said that the university personnel alerted the police after finding the bombs in the science and law buildings and at the sports complex of Bayero University.

Tuesday incident is the second in recent weeks as similar high calibre bombs was uncovered two weeks ago at the Sociology Department of the institution.

Twenty persons including two university professors were killed while several others were injured when gunmen attacked worshippers at the St Stephen Catholic Church, Bayero University, Kano last two Sundays.

Gunmen armed with bombs attacked the Church in the early hours of Sunday morning, throwing explosives into the congregation.

Kano governor promises BUK bomb victim first class medical treatment

The Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso on Sunday described the attack on Christian worshipers at the old campus of Bayero University Kano as an unfortunate and sad incident that has breached the peace in the commercial city.

Mr Kwankwaso who cut short an official trip to Abuja to visit the scene of the incident said that such a painful thing is happening at a time peace was gradually returning to the state capital following sporadic attacks by suspected gunmen.

He said that the state government has made arrangements with public and private hospitals in the state to ensure that victims of such incidents are treated satisfactorily, while the government will foot the medical bills.

“The state government will give those victims maximum support so that they can get first class treatment,” Mr Kwankwaso said.

The governor decried the loss of lives and property as a result of the attack on the Christian faithful, commiserated with the university authorities and its community over the happening, hoping that it will not reoccur.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Yahuza Bello who conducted the governor round the scene of the attack explained that some of the worshippers were attacked in an indoor sports hall at the old campus of the university, which they use temporarily as place of worship.

Mr Yahuza added that the second group of worshippers was attacked while conducting the Sunday service in an open space outside the Dandatti Abdulkadir Theater, which they hitherto used, but which is currently undergoing renovation. He said several wounded victims were receiving treatment in hospitals in Kano city.