The Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Prof. Sebastian Maimoko, on Wednesday night escaped death when gunmen stormed his home, shooting dead a private security man and injuring a police officer and another private guard.
Maimoko was said to be away when the incident happened. A source said the injured security man was whisked away and the rifle of the police officer seized. According to a source, the VC, who assumed office in June, was out of the country at the time of the attack.
A witness, Stephen Serki, said the incident took place around 8:30p.m. on Wednesday.
“A policeman was shot in the leg and the attackers took his gun away. Two other security men of the university attached to the Vice Chancellor were also shot, one in the head and another on his chest. The man that was shot on the chest died on the spot, but the other survived.”
In a statement from the university’s Principal Assistant Registrar, Information and Publications, Mr. Abdullahi Abdullahi, it said “the unknown assailants with unknown motives arrived the personal residence of the Vice-Chancellor at Eto Baba Road, Angwan Rukuba, Jos, and opened fire at the entrance of the residence, adding that in the process, one security man of the university, Owes Jibrin, an Assistant Patrol Supervisor with the Security Division, was killed.
“Another security guard on duty at the residence, Mr. Adamu Salihu, a Police Corporal attached to the Nasarawa Gwom Police Station, was also critically injured. Other security guards on duty escaped unhurt and were able to raise alarm before the assailants fled the scene of the incident.
“All these happened while the Vice-Chancellor was away from Jos on an official assignment and no member of his immediate family was hurt as a result of the incident. Meantime, a delegation from the university led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Teresa Nmadu, has since visited the deceased family.”
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Assistant Superintendent Tyopev Terna, said the private residence of the Vice Chancellor was not the target of the armed robbers as they were just operating at random within the