University once plagued by terror now has growing enrolment
The university, which admitted 12,523 students for the year, an increase from the 11,665 students it matriculated the previous academic year, is located on the outskirts of Maiduguri in Borno State, the hotbed of the decade-long Boko Haram war. The university has not been spared from attacks by Boko Haram, an extremist sect that professes to hate education. In 2017, a twin bomb in the university killed four people, including a professor, Aliyu Mani, and one of the attackers. More explosions were recorded later in the year with no casualties, save the attackers.
Asked about the university’s rising admission figure in the face of the war, the university’s director of information, Ahmed Muhammed, told Premium Times that admission only dipped at the peak of insurgency in the state, but has increased in recent years due to “the security measures put in place by the management”.
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