SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

Date of Incident: July 30, 2014

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Kano State Polytechnic University

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

New or Ongoing:New Incident

An apparent suicide bombing occurred on the campus of Kano State Polytechnic University in Northern Nigeria on July 30, 2014, killing six, including the bomber, and injuring at least seven others.  According to reports, the bomber had disguised herself as a student and detonated the bomb amongst students who were gathered around a notice board on the college’s campus. As of this report, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Nigerian authorities suspect Boko Haram is responsible.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about violent attacks on university campuses.  Such attacks threaten the lives and well-being of members of higher education communities; undermine higher education functions and values, including autonomy and academic freedom; and impair the ability of higher education to serve its public mission. State authorities have a responsibility to ensure the security of academic communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators of violent attacks accountable.