Nigeria – scores of arrests after student killings in north-east

Daily Trust/allAfrica

Yola — Security agencies have arrested over 100 suspects, including students, in Mubi and adjoining communities over Tuesday’s killing of 25 people, many of whom were students of the Federal Polytechnic and the School of Health Technology, Mubi in Adamawa State, a source said yesterday.

The Adamawa State Police Command failed to give the exact number of those arrested and their identity saying that doing so at this stage would jeopardise investigation.

But a source within the security circle said over a hundred suspects had been arrested while others were still being hunted. Also, a source in the students’ affairs unit of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi said one of those killed was among the newly elected executive members of the Student Union Government.

The spokesman of the police, DSP Muhammed Ibrahim, only told our reporter that “many arrests” had been made, and that investigators were on the trail of many suspects in connection with the killings, adding that full details on the arrest will be announced in due course.

He said there was insider factor in the crime because many of the victims were called by their names before they were hacked down.

“The force headquarters would come out with more information on the incident. Investigation into the killings is in progress but honestly there is insider factor because majority of the victims were killed after the assailants had called them by their names,” he said.

“It will be wrong to say all the people arrested are guilty or are directly connected with the crime. We have many people in our custody but those found innocent would be released. I will not tell you the actual number of arrest made,” he said.

Secretary to the Adamawa State Government (SSG), Mr Kobis Ari Thimnu yesterday confirmed in a statement the killing of 25 people in Mubi on Tuesday, giving details that varied slightly with that of the police.

The statement said: “four of those killed are students of the College of Health Technology Mubi; seven other persons are members of Federal Polytechnic Mubi community of whom one is a student of the institution…Fourteen other citizens of the town lost their lives in the tragedy.

The police on Tuesday said 19 of those killed were students of the Polytechnic Mubi; three from the School of Health Technology; then a security guard attached to the polytechnic; a retired military man and a civilian.

Our correspondent reports that some of the corpses have been taken to the Specialist Hospital in Yola for autopsy while families of the deceased were seen some making efforts to recover the bodies of their loved ones for burial.  Read more..

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