by Isi Esene
A security official in one of the Adamawa colleges has refuted claims that the massacre which was perpetrated by unknown gunmen a few days ago in the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, was caused by a student union election dispute.
Shuaib Aroke, the Deputy Registrar of the polytechnic were some of the murdered students were enrolled said he does not have any evidence linking the killing to the election.
Aroke reportedly said, “I have no evidence to link it to the election, It is a fallacy.”
He said the killing could not have happened because of the election saying, “We are united here at polytechnic.”
Shuaib, who disclosed that he is in charge of the school security however admitted that he does not know the individuals or group behind the gruesome attack.
He continued by maintaining that there is no connection between the election and the killing saying the election was conducted peacefully on Saturday while the killing happened on Tuesday.
In the student vote, there were suggestions of ethnic tensions between the mainly Muslim Hausas and predominantly Christian Igbos, and a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said some of the victims were candidates.
The police in Mubi, Adamawa, have however announced the arrest of several suspects who they believe have some form of connection to the massacre.
Security forces had yesterday conducted a house-to0-house search of people suspected to be linked to the killing.
Several gunmen were said to have gone to a hostel housing students of the federal institution, called out some students, and shot them. Some of the victims reportedly had their throats slit.
Authorities put the number of casualties at 25, while witnesses say the dead are far more than that.
No group has come out to claim responsibility for the said attack.