Wednesday, May 13, 2020

300L Unijos Student Mistakenly Killed By Soldiers

A 20-year-old Rinji Bala, a 300-level student, from the department of History and International Studies, University of Jos has been killed by a stray bullet, fired by the men of the Nigerian Army Special Task Force, Operation Safe Heaven (OPSH). 

300L Unijos Student Mistakenly Killed By Soldiers

While confirming the incident, the Media Officer of OPSH, Ibrahim Shittu, said the sad incident occurred when personnel of the task force responded to a distress call on activities of cultists and armed robbers at No. 18th Street axis, opposite Hwolshe community on Tuesday May 12.

According to him, the family of the deceased has been visited by a delegation from OPSH, and investigation is ongoing to ensure that justice is served.

Shittu said;

Operation Safe Haven regrets the unfortunate death of a civilian by name Mr Rinji Peter Bala by its personnel.

At about 10pm on 12 May 2020, information was received on the activities of suspected armed robbers and cultists operating around No 18th Street, Jos South LGA of Plateau State.

The report revealed that the criminals took advantage of the lockdown and curfew to perpetrate crimes. Consequently, Sector 1 patrol troops of OPSH swiftly responded and arrested seven suspects, which were immediately moved to the Headquarters Sector 1 for preliminary investigation.

Thereafter, five out of the seven suspects were cleared and asked to leave the premises. Unfortunately as they were leaving the premises, one of the personnel on sentry duty mistook them for escaping suspects, thus opened fire on them, which led to the death of Mr Rinji Bala.

However, a thorough investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident. Meanwhile the MOPOL personnel involved in the incident has been arrested and detained accordingly.

Operation SAFE HAVEN has condemned the sad incident. Representative of OPSH has also visited the parents of the deceased to commiserate with them. OPSH also assures the general public of justice

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