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News Updated: January 21, 2022

#JusticeForJubril: How Senior Student Slit Junior's Throat In Elkanemi College

By Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe
January 21, 2022
#JusticeForJubril: How Elkanemi College Of Islamic Senior Student Attempted To Kill Junior
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A senior student of Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology Maiduguri has cut open the throat of Jubril Sadi Mato, a junior student of the school.

Jubril, who is currently on admission at the intensive care unit of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, was being punished by the senior student for refusing to run errands for him, reports said.

The incident happened on Saturday, January 15, 2022, and the school management concealed it with the aim of keeping it away from the public, one of Jubril's family members told AllNews Nigeria.

The school is yet to reveal the name of Jubril's assailant to his family.

Angered by Jubril’s refusal to run an errand for him, the yet-to-be-named senior took Jubril Mato to an isolated place and used a razor blade to cut his neck, injuring most of his arteries nerves and trachea, Allnews Nigeria learnt.

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Jubril at the intensive care unit of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital

After some minutes, Jibril struggled and took himself to the Principal's Office, before he finally lost consciousness.

This case is reminiscent of Dowen College's Sylvester Oromoni. Sylvester was said to have been beaten to death by five senior students of Dowen College on November 30, 2020, for allegedly refusing to join their cult. The police recently refuted the claim.

#JusticeForJubril: Family Under Serious Threat, Call For Justice

The family of 11-year-old Jubril Sadi Mato (Ramadan) have accused the Management of Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology, Maiduguri of covering up an attempted murder of Jubril who attends the school.

Sources from the family who spoke to AllNews Nigeria said they are under lots of threats not to push the matter further, adding that this is not the first time a student was severely injured or murdered in the school.

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Jubril is a son of the late Justice Sadi Mato, of Federal High Court Kano State. 

“The Director of the school is a very influential man, so he promised to do everything possible to ensure that the case is dead," the relative said.

“Honestly, the case of Jubril has effectively been decriminalized as a result of a collapse in prosecutions that has allowed many offenders to escape justice and to go on to re-offend in the knowledge that they are highly unlikely to be held to account.

“The fact that their acts of violence are normalized, accepted or excused gives a feeling of power and impunity to these individuals and encourages such recurrent shameful predatory behaviour. This support system must be annihilated at all cost and in no uncertain terms.

“This is not the first case of armed violence in the college, there are several other cases relating to sexual abuse too, but the school management swept them under the carpet. This is likely to mean we are creating more victims as a result of our failure to act."

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The source appealed to the Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, the Police, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), National Human Right Commission (NHRC), Legal Aid Council and other reputable organisations and individuals to seek redress for Jubril as his conditions remained critical at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

Some students who also spoke on the issue said that they were told by the management that Jubril attempted to commit suicide because he hated living in the hostel.

'They told us that he tried to kill himself with a razor blade by stabbing himself. But we later learnt that it was one of our seniors who stabbed him.

However, a local journalist from Maiduguri told AllNews Nigeria that though the Network for Civil Society Organization of Nigeria, the National Human Rights Commission and the Federal International Female Lawyers are looking into the issue, the family source said nothing has been heard of the issue so far.

The perpetrator is said to have been handed over to the police for further investigation however, efforts to reach out to Borno State Police Command has been negative. The PRO, DSP Edet Okwon has neither picked up our calls nor replied to our messages as of the time of this report.

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Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe

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