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UNIMAID Student Involved In Kerosene Explosion Dies

Late Miss Idris suffered third-degree burns, while two of her hostel mates survived with serious burns of lesser degree.

Zaiya Idris, a 400 level female student of sociology and anthropology at the University of Maiduguri, who suffered third-degree burns in a kerosene explosion last week, has died. 

Ahmed Mohammed, the chief information officer of the university confirmed the tragedy to HumAngle. “Sadly, the poor girl died yesterday at the hospital,” he said in a phone interview. 

“She died as a result of third-degree burns she suffered. It is a very sad development and the university management condoles with the family and students,” he said. 

A student of the institution who pleaded anonymity for fear of victimisation also confirmed the development to HumAngle. “Zaiya is finally dead. She died yesterday, Thursday,” the source said. 


Other University officials confirmed that the incident which was preceded by other similar incidents was caused by adulterated kerosene that was sneaked into the campus. 

On Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, one of the female hostels at the University of Maiduguri campus went up in flames as a result of a kerosene explosion. 

It was reported that Miss Zaiya Idris who was making breakfast at Murtala female hostel got engulfed in flames as the bottle of kerosene she was draining into her stove exploded. 

Late Miss Idris suffered third-degree burns, while two of her hostel mates survived with serious burns of lesser degree. 

Miss Zaiya and two of the victims had been on admission at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. She was said to have been at the Intensive Care Unit due to the extreme burns she suffered. 


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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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