There is chaos in some areas close to the 2nd Division Nigeria Army at Adekunle Fajuyi Odogbo Barracks in Ibadan, popularly known as ‘the Ojoo Barrack’ as two persons were hit by stray bullets from the shooting range within the barracks.
It was reported that the victims were rushed to the Military hospital situated in the Barrack and are receiving treatment. The victims were identified as Daniel is a 10 year old and Baba Ajeri.
The Residents in an Interview with Newsmen said that incident happened on Thursday Evening and the shooting exercise still continued on Friday. They explained that their roofs and widows are damaged by the bullets from the range and many are forced to stay indoors to avoid stray bullets.
Kareem Ijero, one of the Community leaders noted that the fresh round of shooting was heated on Thursday evening.
He said, “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 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 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.”
Another resident identified as Ade Owolabi said; “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.’’
Meanwhile, the Commandant of the Barrack, Lt. Col Charles Ekeocha, when contacted, said he was not around and will respond later.