By Matthew Onah
It was a black Independence Day for the inhabitants of Mubi town, Adamawa State, as at least 46 persons, mostly students of three tertiary institutions, in the town were massacred in cold blood on Monday night by unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram.
The casualties, believed to be, mostly students of the Federal Polytechnic, School of Health Technology and the Adamawa State University, all in Mubi, were shot dead on Monday night in what was described by the spokesman of federal polytechnic as a "commando style attack".
The spokesman [named withheld for security reasons] of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi, who spoke to This Day on telephone, said the shooting took place on the night of the Independence Day, at about 10pm, when unknown gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram, open fire on some students at Wuro Fatuje.
He stated that there was sporadic shooting which lasted for over one hour.
Wuro Fatuje, a surburb of Mubi, is heavily populated with off-campus students of the three institutions.
He stated that the unknown gunmen invaded the area shooting sporadically at any moving persons, for over one hour.
"There was heavy gun fire of different calibers around 10 pm till 11pm, when it subsided."
He confirmed that 26 students of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi are amongst the casualties. While the other casualties are students of the other two sister institutions.
The corpses are deposited at the Mubi general hospital.
As at the time of filling report, the internal joint security taskforce headed by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier –Gen. John Nwoaga, and the state Police Commissioner, Geofrey Okeke, were rushing reinforcement to the scene of the incident.
It would be recalled that last week, the internal joint Army–Police security 'Operation Restore Sanity', scored a major breakthrough in Adamawa, as one of the key commanders of the Boko Haram, believed to be Abubakar Yola, alias Abu Jihad was killed in a shoot-out
with security operatives.
Also arrested were 156 persons, four are believed to be top unit commanders of the sect involved in the recent bombings of MTN, GLOBACOM and AIRTELL base stations masts a couple of weeks ago.
Also discovered and destroyed were two bomb factories of the sect, including over 300 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 25 assorted brands of rifles, mostly brand new AK 47 sub machine
Other items recovered were over 2000 daggers, swords bows and poisoned arrows.
In the last two weeks, the Adamawa State government has clamped a 24-hour curfew on Mubi town in the face of the mounting security challenge.