In a tragic incident that has shaken the academic community, Prof. Yusuf Saidu, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Innovation, and Development at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has been brutally killed by bandits. The Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, confirmed this heartbreaking news in a statement released on Monday.

According to the university’s statement, Prof. Saidu was attacked and fatally shot by bandits while traveling from Sokoto to Kaduna. He was widely respected for his integrity, devotion to his profession, and unwavering courage.

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“This is a profound loss for our university and a devastating blow to the academic community,” the statement expressed sorrowfully. It described Prof. Saidu as a man of deep religious conviction and dedicated service, highlighting his significant contributions to research and innovation.

Sokoto, situated in the North-West region of Nigeria, has unfortunately been plagued by persistent banditry, which has claimed many lives and disrupted the peace of the region.

The university community and academia at large mourn the untimely death of Prof. Yusuf Saidu, praying for Allah’s mercy upon his soul and seeking solace in memories of his exemplary life and academic achievements.