•Schools tighten security •CAN condemns killings
From DAVID MOLOMO, Yola
Four days after no fewer than 40 students of three tertiary institutions were killed by unknown assailants in Mubi, Adamawa State, fear gripped the residents again yesterday, as suspected hoodlums besieged Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola. The development came as the state Police Command claimed it had made a number of arrests in connection with the Monday massacre.
The command, however, declined to disclose the number of suspects so far arrested, as the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Ibrahim Mohammed said such would jeopardize the command’s investigations.
Reacting to the siege to his institution yesterday, Rector, Adamawa State Polytechnic, Professor Abdullahi Bobboi, cried to law enforcement agents to, as a matter of urgency, take measures to protect the students from the hoodlums invasion.
According to him, the school came under attack from some hoodlums allegedly led by one “Abdul Black,” who, he said was believed to have gained access into the polytechnic complex through the Jimeta police barracks. The rector stated that two students were lying critically ill at Yola specialist hospital, as a result of injuries sustained from the attack of the hoodlums. Bobboi decried the incessant incursions into the institution by hoodlums, drug peddlers and miscreants, through the fence the institution is said to be sharing with the police barracks.
“We have complained again and again, time without number to the police authorities in Yola, to intervene, as the security breach reaches alarming rate.” Report reaching Daily Sun, as at press time, said that the security agencies, clamped down on Mubi, following the massacre of over 40 students on Monday.
The heavy security presence has deterred access to the town. Security checkpoints mounted by joint Army and police team restricted entry into the town, even as relations of the victims began arrangements for burial of their children and wards.
Also three tertiary institutions in the town, the Federal Polytechnic, the Adamawa State University and the College of Health Technology, Mubi, have been closed indefinitely, as a result of the security challenge. The police spokesman, said the command was working on the possibilities that the killings could be linked to cult activities amongst the students as the killings took place barely three days after an acrimonious students union government elections at the Federal Polytechnic. Sequel to the ugly incident, other tertiary institutions in Yola, Adamawa State capital have alerted students to keep surveillance of their areas.
At Modibbo Adama University of Technology, MAUTECH, Yola, internal security had been intensified as thorough checking, was being ensured, while students, living in satellite town at Sangere have engaged in policing of the area in conjunction with community leaders. A similar situation was observed by Daily Sun at Adamawa State School of Legal Studies, Yola, as thorough checking has been embarked upon by the school authorities and students for those who live off campus and visitors into the school.
Meanwhile, the authorities of Adamawa State University, Mubi has declared that the resumption date for first semester 2012/2013 had been shifted from October 2, to the October 31, 2012. A press release signed by the information and protocol officer, Alhaji Ahmed Sajoh said the postponement of the resumption date emanated from the office of the Registrar of the institution. Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in strong terms, the murder of 40 students in Mubi, Adamawa State.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the General Secretary of CAN, Revd Musa Asake, said it was with a heavy heart that the association received the news of the killing of over 40 students of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State University and the School of Health Technology, in Adamawa State on the night of the Independence Day. “After a careful study of the various reports on the issue, coupled with the latest information that there is currently a stampede of students and lecturers who have taken advantage of the free period preceding the curfew imposed by the state government to flee the institutions, CAN vehemently condemns the barbaric act of the gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram,” CAN said.
CAN commierates with the families who lost their loved ones, including students and authorities of the affected institutions.