Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Femi Bamiro, was shot on Tuesday night in Ibadan by gunmen. Bamiro was the 10th vice-chancellor of UI. He was succeeded by Isaac Adewole, the immediate past VC and current Minister of Health.
Bamiro was attacked near his home and shot in the leg. He was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where he is said to be responding to treatment. UI Director of Communication, Olatunji Oladejo, said the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Gbemisola Oke, and the Registrar, Olujinmi Olukoya, had visited him at the UCH.
“Our former vice-chancellor, Prof. Gbemiro, was shot on Tuesday night. There is no detail of the shooting for now,” he said. “The school’s DVC, Academic and Registrar have visited him at UCH on behalf of the school. “What I can say further is that we are thankful to God that he is responding to treatment. We are in touch with the hospital management whom we trust to offer the best treatment to the former VC.”
WSJ reliably gathered that the gunmen numbering about four had wanted to kidnap the former VC. It was further learnt that there was stampede in Oluyole area of the ancient city of Ibadan on Tuesday when the suspected kidnappers started to shoot sporadically to scare away the on-lookers. Residents, it was gathered, were running helter-skelter for dear lives as the prime target was shot in the leg. Sources close to the family confided in the WSJ that the gunmen must have trailed the academia to the neighbourhood.
The Oyo State Police Command PPTO, confirmed the incident. He said the State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adebgoye had ordered his special anti-kidnapping squad to be on the trail of the gunmen. He said no stone would be left unturned to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice.