Thursday, October 4, 2012

President Goodluck Jonathan outraged over student massacre

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, ordered the security agencies to fish out and prosecute those responsible for the massacre of 40 students of Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; Adamawa State University and the School of Health Technology, Mubi last Monday in their hostel in Mubi.

The presidential order came as the Senate condemned the killing and charged the Federal Government to invoke the provision of capital punishment in our statute on perpetrators of the massacre and other terrorists to serve as deterrence to others.

Adamawa Police Command has also announced that some arrests have been made over the killings, which were condemned by Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC

Jonathan, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, described it as tragic, sad, barbaric and shocking.

According to the statement, "the President has directed security agencies to investigate the matter and get to the root because this kind of incident, where people are called out and shot is really shocking."

He further disclosed that the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i, had briefed the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the killings.

Gunmen, last Monday, stormed the off campus hostel of the students of the higher institutions at Wuro Fatuje, in Mubi, Adamawa State, killing 40 students while many others sustained injuries. The gunmen who were said to be in army uniform reportedly called out the names of the students one after the other and slaughtered them.

While the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi lost 26 students, the other institutions lost 14.

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