At least 25 students of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Adamawa State have been killed by unknown gunmen for reasons yet to be ascertained. According to police sources, the gunmen went into hostels used by students, and killed at least 25 people. According to other sources, the attack happened at a student hostel away from the Federal Polytechnic Mubi campus, the source
However, a recent raid on Mubi by the military had uncovered a large arsenal of weapons and ammunition, with many suspects rounded up. It is suspected that this raid, in which the JTF claimed the Boko Haram militant group members were arrested, could be the reason behind the attack on the hostels.
According to a lecturer who spoke to the BBC, more than 40 students had been killed but there has been no official comment. The lecturer, who did not want his name to be used, told the BBC’s Hausa service that men in military uniform asked the students to line up and then say their names. Some were then shot dead and others stabbed with knives, and their bodies left in lines outside the buildings.
The lecturer says it is not clear why some were killed and others spared – some of those killed were Muslims and others Christians. The lecturer added that students were now leaving the town, many with tree branches over their cars – a traditional sign of neutrality in Nigeria, “Everybody is scared.” Other residents of Mubi say they heard gunfire for about two hours during the night and that those living near the hostel were also targeted. Meanwhile, the authorities have imposed an indefinite curfew in the town and ordered residents to stay indoors.