Residents of areas near the Nigerian Army of the 2nd Division in Odogbo in Ibadan have been panicked as soldiers of the Nigerian Army of the 2nd Division, Ibadan, Oyo State resume target practice at the firing range at the Odogbo Barracks.

Residents of the areas close to the barracks told our correspondent on Tuesday evening that bullets from the firing range have entered houses in their area after the resumption of target practice at the barracks.

Some residents told our correspondent that shootings had resumed early Monday morning and that bullets had entered buildings, causing damage to their roofs and other property.

One of the residents, Alhaji Kazeem Ijeru, told our correspondent that on Tuesday some bullets wandered from the firing range in his building and pierced his roof.

He said: “Soldiers have started firing again at the Odogbo barracks and we are now living in fear. They started around 7am on Monday and bullets have entered homes on our street.

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“Today, some bullets have caused new damage to my roof. How long do we have to say the same thing, the same complaint for many years and no one does anything about our plight.

“Every time they organize their target practice, they scare us and destroy our property. Are we the terrorists or bandits they train to face? It is not fear.”

Another resident, Taye Omolaja, said he was planning to sell his house without serious buyers because of the shooting problem

“They stopped about three weeks ago after the media coverage, but they started shooting again on Monday. The shooting continued on Tuesday and we don’t know how long we will live in fear this time,” he said.

“The state government also pretends not to be aware of our plight. Perhaps they are waiting for a huge number of deaths before coming for a condolence call. God will not turn our lives over to them. They don’t see us as people whose lives count and that’s a shame.”

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However, the army refused to respond to the claims made by the residents and attempts by our correspondent to speak with the officer in charge of Information of the Army of the 2nd Division of Nigeria, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ekeocha, were unsuccessful.

Calls to his phone were not made and messages sent to him were not answered at the time of filing this report, despite being read.

About three weeks ago, residents of the affected area had shown journalists around the areas and buildings damaged by bullets from the army barracks.

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