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: January 10, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Nigerian Army University Biu

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On January 10, 2022, suspected members of the terrorist group Boko Haram attacked the Nigerian Army University Biu’s Tukur Yusufu Buratai Institute for War and Peace, killing at least two employees and burning cars and offices on the campus.

According to Sahara Reporters, the assailants arrived on gun trucks and fired rocket propelled grenades at security personnel stationed near the entrance.

Scholars at Risk is concerned by a violent, targeted attack on a higher education institution and offers condolences to the victims and their families and friends. State authorities should respond to and prevent such attacks, including by conducting investigations and holding perpetrators accountable. In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, violent attacks on higher education institutions undermine academic freedom and democratic society generally.