A graphic account of how 46 students were killed by unknown gunmen in Mubi, Adamawa State, emerged yesterday when a lecturer volunteered information to LEADERSHIP in confidence.
The lecturer, who is at the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, the scene of the killing, narrated that the killings took place at about 10pm on Monday when the terrorists ordered the victims to line up in rows and each person was asked his name.
He said some were killed and others spared, adding that the reason for that was not clear.
"Some were killed with bullet shots while others were stabbed and their bodies lined up in rows openly outside," the source said.
The massacre happened barely two weeks after the discovery of a Boko Haram hideout and a bomb factory in Mubi, one of the commercial nerve centres in Adamawa state. Sophisticated weapons were recovered from the hideout.
The attack on the students on Monday night lasted over 90 minutes, residents said.
LEADERSHIP gathered authoritatively that the attackers invaded the student village of the Adamawa State University, Federal Polytechnic and School of Health Technology all located in Mubi.
A source from the information and protocol department of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, confirmed that 26 students of the institution were among those killed in the attacks.
It was further learnt that over 40 male corpses, mostly students, were spotted in the Wuro-Fatuji area, where the school hostels are situated.
Scores of other students that received gunshot wounds are said to be on danger list.
As a result of Monday's attacks, heads of the security agencies in the state including the army, police and State Security Service have rushed to Mubi to appraise the situation.
However, the Adamawa State police command PRO, DSP Ibrahim Mohammed, disclosed that 25 students were killed in the attack, adding that 19 out of the deceased were students of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, three from the School of Health Technology and one security man, an ex-military man. But NTA network news gave an updated figure of 46.
A resident said the 24-hour curfew imposed in the area, which was relaxed to 3pm to 6pm, might have provided the leverage for the terrorists to perpetrate their dastardly act on Monday night.
The JTF had raided Mubi in the last one week to flush out suspected terrorists.
"Based on intelligence report, a combined team of the JTF isolated the area, cordoned it and made sure that innocent and law-abiding citizens were not hurt," Brigadier General Nwaoga stated.
The offensive by security agents in Mubi was made possible by a government-imposed curfew as part of effort to ensure that Mubi, a border town, was rid completely of insurgents.
11 die in Abuja-Niger auto crash
Eleven persons including an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, were on Monday evening crushed to death in an auto crash in Farindoki Junction, along the Abuja- Minna express way.
It was gathered that the FRSC official, Paul Jacob Isaiah, died in the auto crash with his wife and two kids.
LEADERSHIP learnt the accident occurred when the Sienna car conveying 13 persons to Abuja was hit by a truck coming into the highway from Faridonki village and lost control, crushing the car and killing 11 people with only two surviving.
The state sector commander of FRSC, David Usman, confirmed to LEADERSHIP that one of their men that died in the crash with his wife and two kids was serving with the Sabon Wuse Unit Command, Tafa local government area of Niger State.
He said the victims of the accident included five adult male, three adult female, two female children and one male child while two other ladies survived the crash.
According to the sector commander, the truck was about to cross into the road thereby hitting the vehicle that was already on the highway heading to Abuja.