Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard in Owo, an Ondo hamlet where Catholic parishioners were massacred on June 5, leaving locals terrified on Wednesday night.
The police quickly allayed neighbors’ anxieties in a brief advisory to the public, saying a few victims who sustained gunshot wounds were stable at medical centers. Details of tonight’s incident were still unclear as of press time.
“Tonight, there was a shooting incident at Craneburg Construction Company, Owo,” Ondo police spokeswoman Olufunmilayo Odunlami said in a message to Peoples Gazette. “Policemen are currently at the scene, victims have been taken to hospital and they are in stable condition.” A similar message was posted on Ondo police’s Twitter handle late Wednesday.
Both the number of victims and the specifics of the incident were kept a secret by the police.
The shooting was heard near Folahanmi Junction, close to the construction company, according to a witness who spoke with The Gazette via phone.
“The scene is close to a popular construction company, and the shooting is creating panic already. We can’t even sleep,” the witness said.
Social media accounts claimed that gunfire could be heard for more than two hours, beginning at 8:00 p.m. local time, though The Gazette was unable to immediately confirm this information.
Since armed assailants invaded a Catholic Church church in the town on June 5, killing over 50 attendees during a Sunday mass, the exclusive Yoruba community has drawn public attention. The perpetrators of the act, which sparked anger across the globe, including from the Vatican, are still at large.