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University of Ibadan Gunmen shoot institution's ex-VC in failed kidnap attempt

Prof Olufemi Mairo has been reportedly shot by unknown gunmen in a failed kidnap attempt on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

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Olufemi Bamiro


A former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, was shot in Ibadan on Tuesday evening by gunmen in a failed kidnap attempt, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A top police source told NAN that the incident took place at Oluyole area of Ibadan while the former vice chancellor was taken to the University College Hospital(UCH), Ibadan, for treatment.

The spokesman of the Oyo Police Command, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident.

He said Bamiro was rescued by the prompt intervention of policemen from the Oluyole Division of the command who responded to a distress call.

Ajisebutu told NAN that the Police Commissioner, Mr Sam Adegbuyi, had ordered the dispatch of the anti-kidnapping squad to go after the gunmen.

The police spokesman also said the former vice chancellor who was shot on the right foot, had been taken to UCH.

The Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, who said he was in Abuja for a budget defence session, also confirmed receipt of the report.

“ I am away in Abuja for budget defence and I was also informed of this unfortunate incident.

“ The good news is that I am told that he is good spirits and that the injuries are minor,’’ he said in a text message sent to a NAN correspondent.

Bamiro, a first class graduate, was a professor of Mechanical Engineering and former vice chancellor at the university.

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