University of Ibadan students living off campus, as well as residents of areas adjacent to the institution, are in panic after armed thieves shoot down a commercial motorcyclist in the area.
Dozens of thieves had stormed off-campus hostels in the Agbowo community in the early hours of Wednesday, taking phones, laptops and other expensive gadgets from students after they shot two people.
Some students said PUNCH Metro that they were traumatized by the morning invasion, which forced them to flee the region.
However, tension in the community escalated on Saturday when the thugs struck again.
A student, who identified only as Gabriel, explained that a motorcyclist was riding a passenger when thieves stopped him at the crossroads before the 2nd IU gate, as they attempted to dispossess him of the motorbike.
Gabriel said: “The Okada biker didn’t want them to take the bike and while that was happening the passenger jumped out and fled the scene. Sensing that the Okada rider’s resistance risked them being put him in danger, one of them drew a gun and shot him point blank in the head.
“He was still out of breath when people arrived at the scene, but the damage was too severe. His brain spilled out on the road right there and the police came and took away his body.
Another student, who declined to give his name, said he and his colleagues couldn’t sleep through the night as gunshots ripped through the air for hours.
He said: “The murder took place around 8:05 pm and we all rushed inside. But soon after, we heard a siren and gunshots, which we believe should come from security guards.
“But after that we continued to hear gunshots at regular intervals until around midnight and we didn’t know who was shooting. The area is tense now and some of my comrades have moved to other areas. Some of the students who came to pick up have returned to their different homes and some of us are still there because we have nowhere to go.
He called on the state government and security agencies to bring attention to the region.
Meanwhile, thieves shot dead a point of sale operator, Saheed Lawal, in the Elelubo area, Bako community, Apata, along the Ibadan-Abeokuta highway.
Lawal, who was shot dead in his residence, is said to have returned from a mosque where he had gone to pray on Saturday at around 7 p.m.
A source said the gang knocked on the door and opened fire on their victim as soon as they opened the door.
“They demanded money and the deceased’s wife didn’t even know they shot her husband. She gave them the money and they fled on motorbikes, ”he added.
Residents said the incident was reported to the Omi-Adio police station around 9 p.m. the same day.
However, they alleged that the police were doing nothing to protect the lives and property of people living in the area.
In a related development, gunmen killed a motorcyclist in the Akinyele local government area of the state.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday at Labi Junction, along the Oyo-Ibadan highway.
Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer Adewale Osifeso did not take calls or respond to text messages and chats sent to him about the three incidents.
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