Three Injured As UNIMAID Suffers Second Fire Outbreak In Two Weeks

UNIMAID Attacks: Unions Accuse FG Of Insensitivity
UNIMAID entrance gate.

 

Three female students caught up in an inferno at a female hostel of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) have been hospitalized. 

The incident, which was confirmed by the university’s Director of Public Relations, Prof. Danjuma Gambo, happened on Saturday morning, the second time the school has experienced a fire outbreak in two weeks.

The inferno broke out from a stove at about 7:10 a.m at the Murtala female hostel when an occupant was cooking.

The incident caused panic and fear in the hostel as the mostly half-clad students trooped out of the hostel calling for help.

Men of the university’s Fire Service Unit responded and put out the fire and also rescued those trapped.

“Preliminary investigation has revealed that a kerosene explosion, as a result of suspected adulteration, was responsible for the fire,” Gambo stated.

“This unfortunate incident is regrettable, especially in view of recent efforts by management to enforce fire safety regulations in student hostels.”

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Admin) of the school also led a management team consisting of the Dean of Student Affairs and students’ union officials to where the survivors were evacuated to.

One of the students reportedly expressed worry about an examination.

“The happiest thing is she spoke to us; when I got close, she was even telling me that she is actually concerned about her examinations tomorrow so I told her we are first concerned about her condition; the three of them shouldn’t worry,” the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof A. M. Gimba, said.

Some students who live on campus said the hike in the price of cooking gas made them go back to their kerosene stoves.

A similar incident happened in another female hostel known as Aisha Buhari Hostel on October 21st, 2021. The fire had also started when a student was cooking.

Senate Directs UNIMAID To Suspend Fee Hike For Students

The Senate on Tuesday directed the management of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) to stay action on the recent increment of tuition fees for students in the institution.

The upper chamber also mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND to investigate the matter in a bid to finding a lasting solution to the issue.

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According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media, Ezrel Tabiowo, the Senate’s decision to wade into the hike in fee by the institution was reached following a motion considered during plenary.

The sponsor of the motion, Senator Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno North) bemoaned the recent decision by the UNIMAID management to increase the registration and other fees of the school from N25,000 to N129,000, an increase of over 400 percent.

“Half of the men in North-East Nigeria have received no education at all, and this figure rises to over sixty-one percent for women. It is imperative that schools in the North-East should remain of strategic national interest with overwhelming National Security importance,” Kyari said.

He added that education remains a repellent and potent tool to defeat Boko Haram and also revamp the North East from underdevelopment and poverty.

According to the lawmaker, 62% of Nigerian children who are not in school live in Northern Nigeria.

Senator Kyari also disclosed that Borno State has the highest number of people that don’t have access to education due to the Boko Haram crisis.

The lawmaker, therefore, called on all stakeholders to rise to the occasion to ensure that the fee increment is reversed due to the greater need to propagate empowerment through education at tertiary levels.

The upper chamber, therefore, mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND, to also engage the Ministry of Education and stakeholders such as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), with a view to reaching consensus on a harmonised fee for all universities across the country.

Soldiers Gun Down Suicide Bomber In UNIMAID

UNIMAID Attacks: Unions Accuse FG Of Insensitivity

 

Soldiers on duty around the University of Maiduguri have gunned down a suicide bomber, averting what would have been a tragic suicide attack.

The suicide bomber, strapped with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
made his entrance through the University Printing Press but was sighted and taken out by the soldiers leading to the explosion of the strapped device.

Only the suicide bomber died from the incident.

The university has been the target of suicide attacks since January last year.

After initial attempts to attack the institution, the state government built trenches around the school; and the federal government recently approved a perimeter fencing to further fortify the school.

More to follow…

[UPDATED] Boko Haram Frees Abducted UNIMAID Lecturers, 10 Policewomen

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Boko Haram have freed three University of Maiduguri lecturers and 10 women it kidnapped when it ambushed a convoy of military, police and oil workers on Damboa Road, near Maiduguri last year.

The International Committee of the Red Cross facilitated the hand-over of the freed persons, after a series of negotiations directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidency said.

All 13 freed persons have been handed over to the Department of State Services and are on their way to the nation’s capital Abuja with the assistance of Nigerian Army and the Air Force. A team of doctors and psychologists are on standby at the DSS headquarters to examine them.

All 13 persons were part of the oil exploration team ambushed by Boko Haram on Tuesday, July 25, 2015.

The ICRC said in a statement that those freed were “10 women police officers and three university professors”.

“We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again,” the ICRC’s Deputy Regional Director for Africa, Patrick Youssef, said.

Although it facilitated the handover of the freed persons, the ICRC said it was not involved in the negotiations that led to their release.

“The armed opposition handed the 13 people over to ICRC representatives who transported them to Nigerian authorities,” it said.

“This action was similar to what the ICRC did in October 2016 and May 2017, when we transported the released “Chibok girls” to Nigerian officials.”

Mr Youssef hopes that the many people “missing or being held against their will due to the conflict” in the North East, a development which has created “untold trauma and suffering” will get to return to their families soon.

Deadly Ambush

The ambush on the oil convoy and abduction of the lecturers and security personnel that were part of the on July 25, 2017, was a deadly one.

More than 20 soldiers providing security for the convoy were killed in the process.

Three days after the attack, Boko Haram released a video purportedly showing three of those abducted.

The men who said they were in the employ of the University of Maiduguri, appealed to the government for help.

Two of the men said they were lecturers in the Geology Department of the University and gave their names as Yusuf Ibrahim and Dr Solomon N. Yusuf. The third man identified himself as Haruna, adding that he was a driver with the university.

Abducted UNIMAID Workers Beg FG To Meet Boko Haram’s Demands

UNIMAID Lectureres

Three men who identified themselves as University of Maiduguri workers – two lecturers and a driver – abducted by Boko Haram have appealed to the Federal Government to meet the demands of the terrorist group and secure their freedom.

In a video sent to Channels Television, but which has not been independently verified, two of the men said they were lecturers in the Geology Department of the University and gave their names as Yusuf Ibrahim and Dr Solomon N. Yusuf, while the third man identified himself as Haruna, adding that he was a driver with the university.

The men claimed that they are part of oil workers and academics ambushed and abducted by the Abu Musab al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram on Tuesday.

The men, however, did not state what the demands of the terrorists are.

Yusuf, who spoke on behalf of the trio, called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, UNIMAID Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, and the NNPC among others to come to their aid.

He also called on the Federal Government to stop the excessive use of force against Boko Haram.

Yusuf said, “I want to call on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to come to our rescue, to meet the demands of Soldiers of Calipha Abu Musab al-Barnawi. They have promised us that if their demands are met, they will release us immediately to go back to the work we were caught doing.

“I want to call the attention of the entire country; we were captured doing the work of exploration – of acquiring gravity, magnetic and soil geochemistry for exploration in the Nigerian sector of the Chad Basin, which will boost the economy of the nation. We were caught in the line of our service.

“I want to call the attention of the Acting President that we have seen the route we took up to this position where we are recording this video right now. I want to advise that the use of excessive force is not the solution. We want to call on the Federal Government to meet these demands and as promised, they will release us immediately.”

Boko Haram Ambushes Oil Workers, Abducts UNIMAID Staff

Boko Haram Ambushes Oil Workers, Abducts Academics In Borno

There are reports of a terror attack or what is perceived as an ambush on oil exploration workers and security operatives between Magumeri and Gubio local government areas of Borno State.

Sources say 10 academic and technical staff from the geology department of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) were among those said to have been abducted on Tuesday.

Security operatives and some members of the civilian JTF, numbering up to 30, were also reported to have fallen into the trap of the terrorists.

The attack came barely three weeks after troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole (151 Battalion) discovered freshly dug holes prepared for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists.

 

 

 

Bomber Kills Self, Eight Others In Maiduguri Mosque

A suicide bomber has attacked a mosque in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, northeast Nigeria.

The incident took place in the early hours of Monday and is said to have killed about nine people including the suicide bomber.

Head of the Borno State Emergency Agency, Ahmed Satomi, confirmed that the blast occurred at the London Ciki Area of the town.

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Barely two weeks ago, two male suicide bombers were sighted and intercepted along the parapet behind the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) by joint security operatives deployed to the university.

One of the bombers was shot dead while the second bomber hurriedly detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body, killing himself to avoid being captured alive.

Army Assures UNIMAID Of Security

UNIMAID Attacks: Unions Accuse FG Of InsensitivityThe Nigerian Army has assured the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) of more security support.

The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Ibrahim Manu Yusufu gave this affirmation when he visited the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Yusuf Abubarka Njodi at his office in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Yusufu who was accompanied by commanders and some principal staff officers from Headquarters 7 Division, sympathized with the University on the recent suicide bomber attacks and commended the staff and the VC for holding forth during the trial period.

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He also commended the VC for not shutting down the University as he said doing so would have scored a cheap point to the perpetrators of the act.

He therefore, called on the university community to provide security agencies with relevant information that would aid them in stemming the tide of suicide bomb attacks.

Njodi on his part, assured the GOC of the University’s support in the ongoing war against insurgency.

He attributed the recent relative peace enjoyed within the University after a high spate of suicide bombings to the doggedness and professionalism of the Army.

Security Operatives Gun Down Suicide Bomber In UNIMAID

UNIMAID Attacks: Unions Accuse FG Of Insensitivity

Two male suicide bombers were sighted and intercepted along the parapet behind the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) by joint security operatives deployed to the university.

One of the suicide bombers was shot dead while the second bomber hurriedly detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body, killing himself to avoid being captured alive.

The spokesman for the Borno State Police Command, Mr Victor Isuku, revealed in a statement that the incident occurred on Thursday.

He said it followed the deployment of “a full unit of Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel as well as guard and sniffer police dogs to the University to complement the presence of security personnel there”.

Isuku added: “These deployments have started yielding the desired results amongst which are to prevent and nip in the bud, any attempt by these enemies of peace to threaten the lives and safety of the University of Maiduguri community and its environs”.

He said that a team of Police EOD was drafted to sanitise the university and its environ, adding that normalcy has since been restored.

UNIMAID Attacks: Unions Accuse FG Of Insensitivity

UNIMAID Attacks: Unions Accuse FG Of InsensitivityTrade unions in the University of Maiduguri have threatened to disrupt the academic calendar of the school should the Federal Government fail to act on the reoccurring attacks on the school.

The leader of the unions and Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Dani Mamman stated this on Wednesday at a press conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Dr. Mamman said ASUU as well as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), National Association of Academic Technologies (NATT) and the Student Union Government (SUG) of the university were compelled to bring to the notice of the public the security situation and threats to life at UNIMAID.

He disclosed that 70 professors and other members of staff that fled the university in the wake of attacks in Maiduguri have started returning only to be confronted with the new spate of suicide bomb attacks right within the school premises.

The unions accused the Federal Government of being insensitive to the security threats by Boko Haram terrorists in the institution, adding that the purported inaction by government on the security situation was helping in giving a boost to the Boko Haram ideology.

“Boko Haram proclaims western education as forbidden and the University of Maiduguri is at the forefront of championing western education in the country. So for Boko Haram, sustained attacks on the university would accentuate the insurgents’ wild ideology,” Mamman said.

He stressed that increasing attacks in Borno state have shown that the insurgents were regrouping again and called on the government to wake up to its responsibility.

Dr. Mamman also expressed worry that neither the minister of education nor a Federal Government delegation had visited the university since the first attack on the school in January which killed a professor of veterinary medicine, Aliyu Usman Mani.

He urged the Federal Government to build a perimeter fence around the varsity and also approve the N2.8 billion requested by the University authority to procure modern security equipment to stop Boko Haram from executing “greater attacks” on the campus.

UNIMAID Will Remain Open Despite Attacks – Management

The management of the University of Maiduguri has said official activities will continue at the institution despite the attack by three suicide bombers.

“Following an emergency meeting at which management reviewed the situation, it was decided that all official activities should continue uninterrupted,” a statement signed by the Director, Unimaid Radio/Public Relations, Professor Danjuma Gambo, for the Vice-Chancellor read in part.

“Management also reassures the university community and other stakeholders that the university will continue to ensure the protection of lives and property on campus.”

According to the management, the latest suicide attack on the institution occurred on Sunday between 10:19 pm and 2:45 am.

It added that the attack was carried out by one male and two female suicide bombers.

It said the first attack was carried out by a male bomber at the office of the Rapid Response Squad of the Security Division.

When the bomber detonated his device, four security personnel were injured and one of them, a female died on the way to the hospital.

The statement added, “The second bomber, who found her way into the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, detonated her device and died on the spot. The third bomber was intercepted by vigilant security operatives behind the Works Department where she also detonated her device and died alone.”

After the blasts, the management said officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Agency as well as security operatives in the university evacuated the corpses of the bombers.

It thanked the security and emergency agencies for their role protecting the university community and commended the host community and the media for their support.

UNIMAID Attacks: Borno Govt Approves N50m Intervention Fund

UNIMAID Attacks: Borno Govt Approves N50m Intervention FundThe Borno State government has approved the sum of N50m as part of its intervention in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

The approval came as 16 persons were confirmed dead while 13 others were injured in the multiple explosions that rocked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Sunday night.

The Commissioner of Police, Damien Chukwu, who confirmed the attacks, explained that a male suicide bomber gained entry into the premises of UNIMAID and detonated a bomb strapped to his body.

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Aliyu Shugaba, sought the intervention of the Federal Government to the tune of N2.8bn to build a fence around the school, as the major solution to the reoccurring attacks on the institution.

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Following his visit to the institution on Monday, Governor Kashim Shettima announced the approval of N50m for the digging of trenches.

He said the fund would also be used for payment of allowances of security guards and local vigilantes hired to fortify the porous boundaries of the institution.

The University, whose boundaries are about 27 kilometres long, has remained unfenced since its establishment.