Troops of the Nigerian military on Sunday night repelled what could have been one of the deadliest attacks on the University of Maiduguri, in Borno state.
Suspected Boko Haram fighters made an attempt to enter the university through it’s back fence but met a stiff resistance from the soldiers guarding the perimeters of the institution.
Female students in the campus whose hostels were located at the extreme ends of the university said “the attack had come so close.”
Some students of the university said most of them had to lay down in their hostel rooms to avoid being hit by a bullet.
A senior military officer told journalists that the attack had been staved off.
But the Governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, had to defy security concerns of his aides to visit the campus.
The governor was said to have met the university management during his visit.
But details of his visit which might not be unconnected with the foiled attack, hasn’t been made public.