Some of the victims of the killings that took place in Mubi, Adamawa on Monday died on Wednesday. An unnamed official of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, who spoke to the Agence-France Presse on Wednesday said the victims died in the hospital.
Yet-to-be-identified gunmen had launched a night attack on a hostel.
“This is a sad moment for our school; the gunmen shot and killed at least 40 of our students. More of the injured that were rushed to the hospital have died,” an unofficial source in the school said.
The official spoke even as reports of the killings sparked nationwide outrage and the death toll rose to 40.
Senators, at plenary in Abuja spoke with anger and charged the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to quickly arrest the perpetrators of the Mubi killings and bring the general insecurity in the country to a halt.
They described the Mubi incident as unacceptable.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu, in her contribution, said it was high time the lawmakers passed a vote of no confidence on the Federal Government.
“We are a nation under siege; even under the Abacha regime, it was not as bad as this. To me, I think it is high time we passed a no confidence vote on this government,” Tinubu said.
Police arrest ‘many’ suspects
Also on Wednesday, the police said they had made arrests in connection with the Monday night killings.
“We have made several arrests. In fact, we have arrested many suspects in connection with the killings,” AFP quoted the spokesman for police in the state, Mohammed Ibrahim, as saying.
But an unnamed school official said most of those arrested were students, including those seeking to flee Mubi.
Reports from Adamawa on Wednesday however indicated that soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force had launched a door-to-door search of many homes in the town to fish out the killers who at about midnight on Monday swooped on the off-campus hostel and killed the students.
The gunmen reportedly arrived the hostel with a hit list from which they called out the names of their targets. On identifying a target, the killers would either shoot at very close range or kill with a knife.
“The military is going house to house searching,” head of the Red Cross in Adamawa State, Abubakar Ahmed, told Reuters.