Djoliba survived the early pressure, with goalkeeper Adama Keita called into the action on numerous occasions.
The hosts grew stronger as the half went on and although they created good openings, Freedom Omofoman, Abdulrahman Bashir and Joseph Osadiaye failed to convert.
Mohammed Cisse, meanwhile, broke free on the left before cutting inside for a curler but was unable to hit the net let alone find the target.
The first half of the exciting fixture ended 0-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium.
The People’s Elephants went ahead after Isiaka Oladuntoye drove home a thumping shot in the 48th minute.
The 2003 and 2004 CAF Champions League winners looked dangerous every time they were on the ball and came close to a second goal in the 68th minute, but Omofoman was denied from close range.
The second goal came after Omofoman was brought down in the box with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Stanley Dimgba stepped up to score the penalty kick in the 81st minute.