Professor Wale Are Olaitan, Vice-Chancellor of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU),escapes assassination.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

  • Police orderly killed
By Moshood Adebayo, Abeokuta

Barely 24 hours after he was appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Professor Wale Are Olaitan, has lost his Police orderly, Constable Akila Dauda, to gunmen who struck at his Ibadan home early yesterday.

Daily Sun reliably gathered that the three gunmen invaded the Oluyole Estate private residence of Olaitans about 11.25am and went straight into the room where Dauda was occupying and shot him in the chest.

Before help could reach him, Dauda was said to have died in the presence of his killers who were said to have attempted to reach for their target, Olaitan upstairs, but could not do so due to unspecified reason.

The invasion of Olaitan’s home, Daily Sun learnt, might not be unconnected with the role he allegedly played in the ongoing restructuring in the institution where over 900 staff were relieved of their jobs.

The re-organisation followed recommendations by the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, who led a visitation panel to the university.

It was not clear whether the incident was an armed robbery or assassination as the hoodlums did not take away any thing from the house except the rifle of the mobile policeman.

Daily Sun reliably gathered that Olaitan’s wife, who was unaware of the “visitors” mission, allegedly opened the entrance gate for the hoodlums.

She was quoted as saying that she had mistaken the killers for guests who had come to felicitate with her husband, who had just been appointed a Vice-Chancellor. As at the time of the attack, both Professor Olaitan, his wife and two children were said to be upstairs. The assailants, according to a source, stormed the Olaitan’s residence in a light blue Toyota Camry.

Attempts to speak with Professor Olaitan was unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report as he was said to be devastated over the incident.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Mr Mohammed Landan, and other top police officers were said to have visited the scene of the incident.


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