UI students flee community as robbers strike, kill one

One of the students who identified himself as Gabriel said he and his colleagues at his hostel could not sleep all through the night as they heard gunshots for hours.
UI students flee community as robbers strike, kill one

University of Ibadan

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Fear has gripped Students of the University of Ibadan who live at hostels off the campus as armed robbers have struck again, killing one person.

The robbers attacked an Okada rider in the area on Saturday, shooting him to death.

This latest incident came after the robbers reportedly shot two persons at the campus at Agbowo community, Batika and Agricola streets in the early hours of Wednesday.

They carted away phones, laptops and other expensive gadgets from the students.

This latest invasion which resulted in the killing of the Okadaman has heightened the fear of the students making them to flee the community in droves.

One of the students who identified himself as Gabriel said he and his colleagues at his hostel could not sleep all through the night as they heard gunshots for hours.

Narrating how the incident happened, he said the okada rider was riding with a passenger and the hoodlums stopped him at the junction before the UI 2nd Gate and attempted to disposes him of his motorcycle.

He said, "The okada rider did not want them to take away the motorcycle and as that was going on the passenger jumped off and fled the scene.

"Sensing that the okada rider's resistance might put them in danger, one of them brought out a gun and shot him point-blank in the head.

"He was still gasping by the time people got to the scene but the damage was too much.

"His brain was spilled on the road right there and the police came and took his corpse away."

Another resident of the area who declined to give his name told The PUNCH said that his mates did not sleep at all all through the night because of gunshots.

He said, "The killing happened at about 8:05pm and we all rushed inside. But shortly after that we heard a siren and gunshots which we believed should be from security agents.

"But after that until around 12 midnight we kept hearing gunshots at intervals and we did not know who was shooting. The area is very tense now and some of my mates have relocated to other areas.

"Some of the students who came to resume have gone back to their various homes and some of us are still around because we have no where to go."

He appealed to the state government and security agencies in the state to shift attention to the area because hoodlums had turned the area to their target.

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