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In Protest of the Student Massacre at the Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Adamawa State



The very sad news of how over 20 students of Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Adamawa were shot dead yesterday has left us in shock. While some news reports say 25 students were killed, others say the figure was as high as 40.

The spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Yushua Shuaib told Channels TV “Definitely there are casualties but we don’t yet know how many dead or injured,” he said.

What makes the news even more sad is the manner in which these students were killed. According to the BBC:

Reports suggest men in military uniform entered a hall of residence outside the main campus shortly before midnight and gathered the students outside their rooms. Some were shot dead and others stabbed with knives, and their bodies left in lines outside the buildings. Most victims were students called out by name by the gunmen, police said. A resident said the attackers went from door-to-door, shooting or stabbing.

Following the attack, the school has been shut down indefinitely. It is unclear who was responsible for the attack. Some have linked it to the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, while others say the attack may not be unconnected with the outcome of a students’ union election which pitched northern candidates in a bitter rivalry against students from south east. Some reports say that there was ethnic tension between the mainly Muslim Hausas and predominately Christian Igbos involved in the vote. But it is unclear how a students election dispute would have turned so violent.

Among the dead are Christians and Muslims. The gunmen were wearing solders’ uniforms, and called out the names of individual students before killing them. Some were shot, some were stabbed, some had their throats slit and their mutilated corpses were left lined up in the courtyard.

But whether it was a Boko Haram attack or an outcome of the students’ union election, it gives no excuse to the fact that the attack was said to have lasted for several hours without any form of response from security agents. How is it possible that people would raid a students’ hostel freely for hours and get away without any security response? Not even one of the perpetrators of the dastardly act was caught. Media reports say the police arrived at the scene hours after the attack.

The worsening security problems being faced by students of higher institutions in the northern states leaves little to be desired. Just a week ago, it was reported that gunmen invaded the University of Jos killing one student. As the security agencies continue to show their laxity, the people behind these mindless killings are getting bolder and bolder. How can they explain that innocent and defenseless students were murdered in cold blood and 24 hours later, no progress has been made in identifying the culprits.

Nigerians are tired of hearing of promises of a more secure country. It is high time for the government to wake up and take control of these barbaric killings. The issue cannot be over flogged. We need to keep talking and keep pushing until something is done.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Traditionalbay

    October 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    speechless!!!! the sight of the bodies from this massacre is very gory with strict warning @ viewers discretion. defenseless lives were wasted…for noting!

  2. Frankbytes

    October 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    If you’ve been to Mubi b4, you’ll understand that it’s indeed the valley of shadow of death. I managed to survive one of the first attacks that happened early January that claimed about 15 lives.
    Those in Mubi are just at the mercy of Boko boiz.
    One tin I’ve realised is dat weneva attacks like dis take place, false stories will be running alongside the truth.
    In January, some claimed it was a power tussle among the ibo ethnic group in Mubi dat played out. In d same vein, dey’re now saying it’s a student union election wch cosd a rift dat played out. With all dez kind of stories coming from security agencies and govt officials, Nigerians shud take their destiny in their hands cos one day the story will be dat Cameroun masterminded the killings bcos of Bakassi rift with Nigeria………….precious souls wasted.

  3. Ginika

    October 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Please what evil, what wickedness, what demon would possess people to take lives they cannot create with their own hands???

  4. age

    October 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    for hw long will innocent soul continue to weaste in this country, do we have govt and security agencies, what is their functions, i assume is security of lives and properties. God is watching patiently, i guess somalia is better in terms of security than Nig

  5. Funke

    October 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Omg! God help us in this stupid country, so no security dere at all na wa o…….i cant wait to run from this wicked n evil people in nigeria.

  6. luke G. jeremiah

    October 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    That Mubi under the siege of a curfew, could still allow the infiltration of weapons, even through an institution with internal security, presents an indicting scenario against the security chiefs. Better hult the jungle-justice-umpire called ‘curfew’ for a better one, most likely – justice.

  7. ij

    October 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    this is really sad, trust it to take them one year to count the dead and the injured, talk less of identifying them to at least notify their families , this is just an indication that it will take them one century to start any tangible investigation

  8. Me

    October 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    am speechless right now..i cant believe inhumanity to man is so limitless… smh.. May God help us all.

  9. omoibo

    October 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    First of all, my condolences go out to the family of the victims & the other victims of the senseless killings taking place in the northern parts of naija. Nigerians can continue to bury their heads in the sand but naija is now what you would call a failed state! The freaking govt led by GEJ has failed, when a country is unable to provide its own citizens a very fundamental right like security then what use is the govt? Sure, Nigerians are quick to point their fingers including GEJ, let’s call a spade a spade a nice guy doesn’t equate to a great leader. I don’t think most Nigerian realize that there is a freaking war going on in the North & innocent lives are being lost continually on a daily basis while the leadership of the country continues to lollygag and attend various international conferences that in my opinion are irrelevant.

    Geez, GEJ this is not business as usual and please do not appoint/ form any more committees to look into ish!! What Nigeria needs now more than ever is a leader with a definiteness of purpose & the resolve to see it through! GEJ need to start making some tough choices & stop being wish-washy!!! Yes, I am calling you out GEJ & your entire cabinet of clowns. How long will we allow the blood of innocent Nigerians to be spilled for what?! How do you console the families that have lost loved ones due to the mayhem?! In the typical naija tone, eh it was God’s will….Bullocks, no it wasn’t God’s will but due to lack of leadership…. If it sounds like I’m on a rant, yes I am because Nigerians need to start holding their leaders accountable & until that happens expect no meaningful change.. 🙁

  10. Priscy

    October 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    May God help us all

  11. Nwosu stanley,ARMY

    October 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I c more evil in dis country,many more wl stil happens,unless d rich men tel us d truth,1 day dere wl b a darkness without sunshine,my eyez ful of taers cos of dis country,kep on prayin 4 d wil of GOD 2 B DONE,4 more explaination cal dis line,07031333050,R,I,P,TO RELATED ONES

  12. Bukki

    October 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm


  13. konnie

    October 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Speechless. Mind numbing.
    too much idiocy going on in the world. I hope they get caught and punished.

  14. sheeroman1

    October 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    May Allah help us. For sure we dont have government. When any issue of bad governance comes up, the masses people will be sentimental.

  15. joy

    October 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Every wicked soul dat is involve in dis act most neva go unpunish even wit their fourth generation.

  16. iamfascinating

    October 5, 2012 at 3:58 am

    hmmn.God, please intervene in Your mighty power, in Jesus name, amen.

  17. Emmy

    October 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    That is what the people behind this act would have us believe “bad government”. Nigerians let us not be carried away by these propaganda,these dastardly act is carried out and financed by people with deformed orientation.Where people have good orientation and believe system,it will be difficult for people to shed innocent blood this way,everybody would placed a value on human life since the ultimate end of an act like this,is eternal damnation.Let us wake up to the real fact and ask ourselves some pertinent questions:Who supplies the weapons? Who are these faceless murderers? In fact a lot of questions need to be asked.Only God will help us in this country.I commiserate with the parents and management of the school.

  18. clinton sampson

    December 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    succes iz myn

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