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A five-year-old girl and an elderly woman were severely injured in a dog attack in Ibadan, Oyo State. The girl was bitten on the head, and the dog turned on its owner when she intervened. Both victims are receiving treatment at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

A tragic incident occurred in the Adagbada Arola area of Apete, Ibadan, Oyo State, when a five-year-old girl, Moridiyat Rauf, was viciously attacked by a dog.

The attack happened at the home of Mrs. Esther, an elderly woman whom the girl frequently visited. Unbeknownst to Mrs. Esther, the dog had escaped its cage. As Moridiyat entered the house, the dog pounced on her, biting off her hair and a portion of her scalp.

Mrs. Esther attempted to shield the girl with her body, but the enraged dog turned on her, biting off her tongue and tearing a significant chunk of flesh from her face. Neighbors and passersby, afraid to intervene directly, eventually managed to subdue the dog using makeshift weapons.

Moridiyat’s brother, who had been at home with her elder brother, rushed to the scene after hearing her screams. He described the horrifying scene to the Nigerian Tribune, recounting how he and other neighbors struggled to rescue the victims.

The dog was ultimately killed, and both Moridiyat and Mrs. Esther were rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan for emergency treatment.

Reactions to the incident on social media have been intense. Many expressed horror and disbelief, labeling the dog as demonic and dangerous. Some commenters criticized the practice of keeping potentially dangerous dogs as pets, while others empathized with the victims, wishing them a speedy recovery.

The community remains in shock as they pray for the recovery of Moridiyat and Mrs. Esther.