Tension As Army Mistakenly Shoot Two In Ibadan

Reports emerging at the moment have it that two people have been rushed to the hospital after they were hit by a stray bullet from the 2Division Nigeria Army at Odogbo in Ibadan.

Naija News learnt that the gallant troops from the barrack were on shooting range within the barracks when bullets went out to hit two people leaving outside the army tent.

Narrating their ordeal to newsmen, residents of the community who interacted with The PUNCH said the development has generated tension in the area.

According to them, the two victims, one Daniel, about 10 years old and an adult popularly known as Baba Ajeri in the area have been rushed to the hospital inside the barracks and army medical personnel are attending to them.

The residents lamented that their buildings, especially roofs, had been damaged by a volley of bullets from the shooting range while many of them stayed indoors in order to escape the flying bullets whenever the soldiers are conducting their shooting exercise.

Interacting also with newsmen, one of the leaders in the community, Alhaji Kareem Ijeru, said the fresh round of shooting was intense on Friday night and many residents had to park their vehicles outside their homes.

“They have started again. We have been going through this for years. They started again yesterday and it was very bad last night.

“Everybody stayed indoors and we all laid down flat to avoid being hit by bullets right inside out homes. The shooting continued this morning and unfortunately, two persons were hit.

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“They have been rushed to the hospital in the barracks. The bullets which hit Baba Ajeri have not been removed but Daniel I lucky, I was told the one that hit him has been extracted.

“We have staged protests, we have complained to the army on many occasions but the situation has not changed,” Ijeru told newsmen.

Another resident identified as Ade Owolabi said many landlords in the area had packed out of their houses to rent accommodation in other places to save their lives.

“Some of our people have developed hypertension as a result of constant fear. But is this how we will continue to live in danger? President Muhammadu Buhari should help us,” he said.

However, the officer in charge of Information at 2 Division Nigeria Army, Lt. Col Charles Ekeocha, who was contacted by the media platform is yet to respond to the situation as he claimed that he was not on the ground when the incident happened.

He, however, promised to return a call when he is well informed of the situation.

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