Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have attacked an off-campus hostel of students of the University of Ibadan (UI) around Barika area, Agbowo.
Following the incident, scores of students of the University of Ibadan have fled their private hostels due to the incessant invasion by armed robbers, DAILY GIST has learnt.
The armed hoodlums who were said to have distributed themselves into groups of about 12 each reportedly invaded the hostels which were occupied mainly by students of the premier university in the country.
Many were injured during the incident according to reports.
The suspected robbers, it was gathered invaded the hostel in the wee hours of Wednesday.
An undergraduate identified as vIctor was reportedly shot and one of the security guards in the area was also said to have been shot and injured.
The students noted that they would not sleep at their hostels for at least one week because of the trauma of the attack.
Eyewitnesses said the robbers stormed the area around 2:00 a.m. and started shooting indiscriminately.
Narrating his ordeal, Olumide said: “The men of the underworld came to raid the community around 2:00 a.m. I initially thought that policemen were the ones arresting some ‘yahoo boys’ when I started to hear some strange and piercing sound. I later realised that they were robbers operating in the community. They came with machetes and other dangerous weapons. They reached my apartment and carted away my two phones, power banks and some cash.”
Another eyewitness said the security guard on night duty was allegedly shot but narrowly escaped death.
A resident of the area, Olukemi Romoke said a student, identified simply as Victor, shot by the robbers was rushed down to the school clinic.
She said: “The robbers arrived in our area around 2:00a.m. A student, Victor was shot on his left leg. He has been taken to U’s clinic. They collected N250,000 cash and a Point of Sales (PoS) machine from our neighbour.
“Many students were injured, the robbers collected their money and phones. It was like a film last night. Police were invited but they couldn’t meet them.”
The Director of Public Communication of University of Ibadan, Mr. Tunji Oladejo could not be immediately reached for comments on the incident.