Residents of some communities close the 2 Division Nigeria Army at Odogbo in Ibadan have called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Oyo State Governor as well as the Nigeria Army to save them from a volley of bullets that always stray into their houses from the shooting range in the barracks.
The appeal came after two residents of Arulogun community in the Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan were reportedly hit by stray bullets from the shooting range on Friday.
The victims were identified as one Daniel, age 10, and a block maker, popularly known in the area as Baba Ajeri.
Our correspondent gathered 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 aunty who resides here.
“He was at the roadside when the bullet hit him. They said he would soon be discharged. The other victim, Baba Ajeri, was going to a filling station to buy fuel when he was hit by a bullet.”
Another community leader, Alhaji Kareem Ijeru, told our correspondent that the fresh round of shooting was intense on Friday night, forcing many residents to park their vehicles outside their homes.
Another resident, Ade Owolabi, told Saturday PUNCH that the shootings had forced many landlords packed out of their houses and rented accommodation elsewhere.
“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.
“We have a governor here also, we have representatives at the National Assembly and state House of Assembly, none of them has heard us since we started crying out. They will be quick to send condolence messages if somebody is killed; that is not fair.”
The officer in charge of Information at 2 Division Nigeria Army, Lt. Col. Charles Ekeocha, when contacted on the telephone, told our correspondent that he was not on the ground but would verify and get back to our correspondent. He had yet to do so as of press time.