Bullets army hit two, residents complain

Residents of some communities are shutting down the Nigerian Army of the 2nd Division in Odogbo in Ibadan and have appealed to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), and the Governor of Oyo State, as well as the Nigerian Army to assist them. rescue a volley of bullets that always wanders into their homes from the gun range in the barracks.

The call came after two residents of the Arulogun community in Ibadan’s Akinyele Local Government Area were reportedly hit by stray bullets from the firing range on Friday.

The victims were identified as Daniel, 10 years old, and a block maker, popularly known in the area as Baba Ajeri.

Our correspondent had been informed that the two victims were rushed to the hospital in the barracks where army medical personnel reportedly treated them.

A community leader, Mr Timothy Fadairo, who spoke to our correspondent about the incident, said: “The boy, Daniel, came to spend the holidays with his aunt who lives here.

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“He was standing by the road when the bullet hit him. They said he would be fired soon. The other victim, Baba Ajeri, was going to a gas station to buy fuel when he was hit by a bullet.”

Another community leader, Alhaji Kareem Ijeru, told our correspondent that the new shooting on Friday night was intense, forcing many residents to park their vehicles outside their homes.

Another resident, Ade Owolabi, said: Saturday PUNCH that the shootings had forced many landlords to leave their homes and rent accommodation elsewhere.

“Some of our people have developed hypertension as a result of constant anxiety. But will we continue to live in danger like this? President Muhammadu Buhari should help us.

“We also have a governor here, we have representatives in the National Assembly and the House of Representatives, none of them have heard us since we started shouting. They will quickly send condolence messages if someone is killed; that’s not fair.”

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ekeocha, in charge of information, told our correspondent that he was not on site, but that he would verify and contact our correspondent. He hadn’t done that at the time of going to press.

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