Published reports of arrests in the case of students mowed down by gunmen – believed to be students too – are baseless, police told SaharaReporters by phone.
A spokesperson for the Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Mohammed Ibrahim said, “It is not true and we have not arrested suspects of these killings, this is not true as it was widely reported in some media. We have not arrest anyone, even before this incident, we have been working seriously on security issues in Mubi. But we want clarity and fair reporting that should be accurate.”
He went further to say that some media, saying, “Some went as far as saying the Commissioner of Police is Mustapha Mohammed Ibrahim, it is false, Commissioner’s name is CP Godfrey Okeke and I am PPRO, Mohamed Ibrahim. It is not true and they just said it. All we know is we are working underground and cannot expose what we are doing. At the right time, we will do so but we want the media and the general public help us by being accurate.”
Reports from the region say the newly elected leader of the student union at the Federal Polytechnic Mubi was among those reported to have been killed.
Rivalry between different groups of students, sometimes influenced by national politics, religion and ethnicity, is not a new phenomenon in Nigeria’s higher educational institutions; however, this would be the first time it has reached such a level of violence, he says.
The polytechnic’s deputy registrar Shuaib Aroke has denied that the killings were linked to students politics.
Mubi is now blanketed with police going house-to-house as they hunt fo the killers.
Former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Ken Henshaw, said in a press interview that the killings were "simply shocking".
But he added: "It seems to make a lot of sense that it could have been an outcome of the elections that were held the previous day.
"You may want to know that the rector of the polytechnic is from south Nigeria and he’s a Christian and the fact that he is rector had caused some tensions in the institution already. And, surprisingly, the person who won the election is a Christian.
"So I think that that was a breaking-point and the whole thing just flipped over [into violence]."