6 October 2012

Nigeria: Mubi - Victims' Parents Share Horrific Tales

Mubi town in Adamawa State is still in mourning, five days after attacks by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

The fathers of two of the victims have told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND they watched their sons shot to death by the gunmen.

Speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND in Mubi yesterday, both Mr. Bulus and Mr. Emmanuel Idirisu recounted how their respective sons were shot to death.

Mr. Idrisu said that, he was at home when he heard some people trying to force themselves into his house. "They were saying we should open the gate or they would kill us. When I heard that, I ran to the toilet. They eventually broke in and killed my son, Lucky, who was a civil servant," he said.

Mr. Bulus, whose son Sebastine was also killed, was still in deep shock, but he managed to recount to our correspondent how he watched his son killed by the gunmen.

"When the attackers came, my son was outside. He ran to this spot," said, pointing at a blood-soaked spot near the gate of his compound. "When he got to the spot, they shot him and he screamed, 'Baba' and that was all."

However, the chairman of a vigilante group in Mubi South local government area, Mr. Adamu Yunusa, told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND that while the attack lasted for about two hours there was no response from the security agencies, including the men of the Nigeria Police Force, even after they were informed.

"We called on the security men, but they refused to come. I had to go to them in the morning before they came. This is painful," Mr. Yunusa said.

A student who gave his name as Emma said: "We were all preparing for our examination; as a matter of fact, I was going to write a GST examination the following day and, suddenly, we heard gunshots. We ran out of the classrooms but we were unlucky as we ran into the gunmen. They continued shooting at us. That was how they killed some of our students.

Meanwhile, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has decried the killings, describing it as a national calamity.

He challenged the security agencies to bring to book the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Tukur said: "Adamawa is my state and Mubi is a place I am familiar with. I was deeply saddened that a generation of students, our future leaders, could be so mindlessly killed for no just reason. We as a nation must not tolerate this and the only way to it is not to allow the culprits go scot- free."

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