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Residents flee as army bullets hit 2 from shooting range

Two residents of the Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, were hit by stray bullets from the shooting range of the 2 Division…

Two residents of the Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, were hit by stray bullets from the shooting range of the 2 Division Nigeria Army at Odogbo in Ibadan.  

Daily Trust Saturday reports that the victims were 10-year-old Daniel, while the other, an adult, was simply identified as Baba Ajeri.  

The two victims are receiving treatment at the barracks and army medical personnel, inside the barracks.  

Some residents who spoke with Daily Trust Saturday said the shooting continued on Friday.   

A resident, Mr Olaogun Alade said despite many complaints by the landlord association, the shooting persists.   

Alade said many residents had fled their homes while many are indoors for fear of untimely death.  

He confirmed to Daily Trust Saturday that buildings, especially roofs had been damaged by volley of bullets from the shooting range.

A leader in the community, Alhaji Kareem Ijeru, told journalists that the fresh round of shooting was intense on Friday night and many residents had to park their vehicles outside their homes.  

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

“They have been rushed to the hospital in the barracks. The bullets which hit Baba Ajeri have not been removed but Daniel was 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.” 

When contacted, the officer in charge of Information at 2 Division Nigeria Army, Lt. Col Charles Ekeocha, told Daily Trust Saturday that he was not on the ground to confirm the incident but however promised to call back.