“We are just leaving Mubi with the Commissioner of Police, and Brigade Commander. And it was 19 students that were killed… all in all it was 25 persons that were killed. Although the investigation is continuing, there are signs that there may have been some internal factors, but we cannot prove it until we complete our investigation”, Ibrahim said.
A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said initial reports indicated some of the victims were candidates in the polls. "The crisis in Mubi is suspected to have been fueled by campus politics after an election at the Federal Polytechnic," said the agency's Yushau Shuaib. Abdulkarim Bello of the Red Cross said "they were conducting elections in the Federal Polytechnic and unknown gunmen just entered and sprayed people with bullets".
A student who refused to give his name, said that the gunmen were wearing solders’ uniforms, and were calling out the names of individual students before killing them, a claim that tallies with the police report. The student said that after surrounding the compound around midnight, the gunmen started taking the students outside, asking their names and shooting them, while others butchered the bodies with sharp knives. The mutilated corpses were left lined up in the courtyard.
A resident told the BBC: “It is not clear why some were killed and others spared - some of the dead were Muslims and others Christian… Everybody is scared," adding that the shooting lasted for about two hours.