The killing of students of Federal Polytechnic Mubi at Yelwan Tsamiya (an off-campus accommodation area) in Wuro Patuji area of Mubi North Local Government of Adamawa state has caused an exodus from the town by both students and staff of the institution.
On condition of anonymity, lecturer from the school revealed he learnt that about 40 bodies had been deposited at Mubi General Hospital Mortuary, but there has been no official comment yet.
Some of the fleeing lecturers of the polytechnic, who are not authorised to speak for the school, say they saw at least 10 truckloads of soldiers and mobile police men moving in to the troubled North-Eastern town.
After the killings, which were said to have been carried out around 10pm by gunmen that stormed the students’ village in Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), angry students stormed the school carrying leaves and branches in protest, stopping the second semester exams that were scheduled to take place today.
Some of the students were said to have converged at the resident of the rector of the school with their luggage as early as 7am.
As a result of the mass movement of people from the town, the vehicles in the town’s motor park have been exhausted, with those not lucky to board the polytechnic’s buses ferrying people to Mararaba area, trekking the 15-20 kilometres distance to get vehicles that will move them out of the town.
The reported killing comes days after a major operation against the Boko Haram militant group in the town.
The students were asked to say their names after lining up.
He says it is not clear why some were killed and others spared - some of those killed were Muslims.
“Everybody is scared and staying indoors now,” he said.
He added that students were now leaving the town, many with tree branches over their cars - a traditional sign of neutrality in Nigeria.
Boko Haram has not yet commented on the Mubi attacks.