‘Bandits’ kill deputy vice-chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo varsity

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Suspected bandits have killed Yusuf Saidu, the deputy vice-chancellor of research, innovation, and development at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS).


In a statement on Monday, the authorities at the university said Saidu was killed on his way to Kaduna from his place in Sokoto.

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The management of the university described the death of the professor as a “painful loss” to the academic community.


“The death has occurred of Prof. Yusuf Saidu, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Innovation, and Development at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto,” the statement reads.


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“He was attacked and killed by bandits on his way to Kaduna from Sokoto State. A man of integrity, religion, dedication, and courage.”


“May Allah accept his soul and forgive his sin, but this is a painful loss to all members of the university community and the academy at large.”


Saidu was a professor of nutritional biochemistry at the university.



He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the same university and was the best graduating student.


He obtained a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Jos in 1994 with distinction and his PhD in biochemistry from Usmanu Danfodiyo University in 2005.

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