November 29, 2014

Bomb blasts at Gombe State university; VC says academics will go on

Vice-Chancellor of Gombe State University (GSU), Idris Mahdi, has said it will be academics at usual at the institution still reeling from a series of bomb explosions hit the Senate building of the university campus.

Speaking to a news agency, Mahdi explained that the damage done to records and files in the administrative building could easily be replaced.

“This is just a bloody little administrative building, so this will not prevent us from doing our work. Not at all, classes are going to go on normal,” the VC said.

“Of course we lost some records but we can recoup them. The records we have lost we just photocopied them from the Registrar’s Office some few months ago.”

The VC said he has appealed to students to remain calm and go about their studies.

“They accepted the message in a very high spirit. This is nothing new; everybody knows what is happening. The most important thing is that we move forward.

“Gombe people must get used to this type of thing. This is not the first time this thing is happening in Gombe. They should be very courageous and move ahead,” he said.

No lives were lost in the attack, but police is yet to comment.

Residents living in the area said the explosion occurred at about 8 p.m. (local time), adding that the impact was strongest at the university’s administration block.

“The explosions happened around 8 p.m. And immediately students started running out of the classes where they were studying, and those in hostels followed suit,” the source said to Sahara Reporters.

“There is heavy tension even among those of us living near the university,” said the source, adding that he and many of his neighbors “will be sleeping with one eye open until we get the details of what happened.

The explosions at Gombe State University came on a day that suspected Boko Haram militants launched attacks at buildings housing newspaper offices in Kaduna and Abuja.

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