Leadership (Abuja)

11 November 2012

Nigeria: Poly Reopens as Police Probe Mubi, Dogon Dawa Killings

Forty two days after twenty eight people were killed and scores were injured in a massacre that occurred in the commercial city of Mubi, Adamawa State, security operatives have made a number of arrests while the Federal Polytechnic Mubi, which students were the major victims, has been reopened.

A competent source, who pleaded for anonymity, said the police command was in custody of the suspects.

"As I speak to you, there are a lot of people arrested in connection with the October 1 killings in Mubi town but for security reasons, I cannot disclose the exact number as investigations are still on."

The source added that the suspects were arrested with dangerous weapons and would soon be arraigned before the court of law."

While the parents, whose wards were killed, are yet to come to terms with the loss of their children, the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, which recorded the highest number of casualties, the Adamawa State University, School of Health Technology, have been reopened.

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY findings show that the school authorities had an emergency meeting on Monday, October 29, 2012 and decided that the school should reopen on Monday November 5, 2012, thirty seven days after the massacre to commence examinations on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

Meanwhile, residents of Dogon Dawa in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State are still mourning of the dawn killing of their kinsmen by yet to be identified gunmen.

The state Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Aminu Lawan, in a telephone interview, did not confirm whether the killers have been arrested. According to him, "Investigation is still ongoing and we are doing our very best to unravel the perpetrators of the act."

The state Commissioner of Police, Olufemi Adenaike, said he could not speak on the matter.

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