Friday 28 December 2012
ABU professor, 2 others killed in Zaria
A leading urologist with the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Shika, Zaria, Kaduna state, was shot and killed last night shortly after closing from work.
Professor Hyacinth Ngong Mbibu was the Head of the Department of Surgery at the hospital.
Mbibu was killed around 8pm by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle.
A source said that the gunmen might have trailed the surgeon to the Maraba Clinic and Maternity located at Kabama Layout, near Stadium, in the Sabon Gari local government area, which was jointly owned by him and two other persons..
He pointed out that the gunmen went straight to the doctor’s office, fired several gunshots at him and fled the scene.
Another version of the event, however, said that the professor used to drop two nurses at home every night after they closed from work at his hospital.
He was said to have dropped the first nurse at her house and had taken the second one home before he met his fate.
According to the source, the nurse had just dropped from Mbibu’s car when she was accosted by a waiting man, whom she recognised.
The source stated that the gunman called out her name and she said hello to him, but then he suddenly shot her in the arm.
He reportedly proceeded and shot Mbibu in his car, killing him instantly.
The nurse was said to have been rushed to a hospital, where she was said to be in critical condition.
Mbibu, a multiple award-winner, was an indigene of Takum in Taraba state.
According to a close associate of the professor, with Mbibu’s death ABU has lost a very hardworking and impartial professor.
“For about eight years now, the late Professor Mbibu has been among the coordinators of West African College of Surgeons,” the associate added.
Sources at the hospital said that Mbibu’s students were extremely saddened by his departure as they knew him to be a very considerate and hardworking professor.
In a related incident, two security guards working at ABU Zaria were reported to have been shot and killed in the Dogarawa area of Zaria on Wednesday night.
A source told Blueprint that such intermittent killings have been going on in Zaria, the second largest city in the state, in the past one week.
As at the time of fiiling this report last night, efforts to reach the spokesperson of the Kaduna state Police Command, DSP Aminu Lawal, for his comment on the incident proved abortive as he did not respond to calls to his telephone.