By Dipo Olowookere
An early morning bomb blast in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Borno State, has killed a professor and four others.
It was gathered that a male suicide bomber detonated his explosive on Monday at the senior staff quarters of UNIMAID.
Confirming the incident to journalists, Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Damian Chukwu, disclosed that, “At about 5:45am, a mobile police officer, who is on duty, sighted a suicide bomber who was 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 and killed him instantly.”
Mr Chukwu further narrated that “The second suicide bomber, a seven-year-old detonated the second explosive at the senior staff quarters mosque in the university where a professor and four persons were killed and 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital.”
Also speaking on the incident, Chairman of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Satomi Ahmed, identified one of the dead victims as Prof Aliyu Usman Mani, the Director of Veterinary of the university.
He said, “All I can appeal to the people is to be vigilant and ensure proper watch because, like we have said, the insurgents are in disarray and employing any tactic to cause havoc. The people must be vigilant at all time.”
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