It was an extremely sad news in the early hours of yesterday as unknown gunmen stormed an off-campus student hostel of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State and shot dead at least 25 students. Some newspapers say the number is as high as 40. The school has been shut indefinitely and the Adamawa State government has also imposed a 24-hour curfew. No group has claimed responsibility for the massacre… The rate at which young people are being killed in Nigeria these days, the average lifespan of Nigerians will reduce soon.
“The military is going house to house searching,” said Abubakar Ahmed, head of the Red Cross in Adamawa state, where Mubi is located.
Motives for the gruesome attack remained unclear. In Mubi last week, the military carried out a high-profile raid against Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which has been waging a deadly insurgency.
But some officials suggested the massacre may have been linked to a recent student election.According to a police spokesman, the attackers knew their victims and called them out by name in a student housing area off-campus of Federal Polytechnic Mubi. Victims were shot or had their throats slit, he said.
The suggestion that the killings were linked to the student election raised questions over how and why the dispute would have turned so violent.
There were suggestions of ethnic tensions between the mainly Muslim Hausas and predominately Christian Igbos involved in the vote.
At the same time, Boko Haram has continually widened its targets and its attacks have become increasingly sophisticated.
Nigerian officials have been seeking to show success in the fight against Boko Haram with a number of raids and arrests. There had been a lull in major attacks in recent weeks.
The Islamist extremists have been blamed for more than 1,400 deaths since 2010 as part of their insurgency in northern and central Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south. (AFP)
WARNING!!!VERY GRAGPIC PHOTOS BELOW:
Continue to see some corpses removed from the hostel. Very graphic photos…so don’t look if you don’t have the stomach for it…
Victims were shot or had their throats slit...