Commander, the Special Task Force, Major-General Ibrahim Ali, has ordered the arrest of soldiers of Operation Safe Haven accused of manhandling and killing a taxi driver as a result of some misunderstanding in Jos, Plateau State.
He has also constituted a board of enquiry to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the confrontation with a view to making those found guilty to face court martial.
A statement confirming the board of enquiry titled, ‘Alleged Murder of Taxi Driver by Personnel’, signed by Major Ishaku Takwa, Military Information Officer, was issued on Sunday.
It said, “Operation Safe Haven has received with shock a report of security personnel of OPSH deployed at Farin Gada beat and murdered a commercial taxi driver Mr Abdullahi Karafa.
“Immediately the report was received, the commander Operation Safe Haven Major General Ibrahim Ali visited the deceased family and condoled them over the unfortunate incidence.
“The commander has since constituted a board of inquiry to unravel those behind the heinous act.
“He asured that those who would be found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Operation Safe Haven wish to reiterate that troops deployed on the Plateau were always warned to conduct themselves in the most professional manner in line with global best practices and respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizenry and strict adherence to rules of engagement.
“Therefore, any act short of this is condemnable and unacceptable by OPSH.”
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The Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspected ritualist, Isaac Ezekiel, for allegedly plucking the eyes of a 16-year-old boy, Uzairu Salisu.
Two accomplices, Nensok Bawa, 38, and Yohana Luka, aka Doctor Samu, 52, were also arrested in connection with the crime, which happened at Yelwa community, in the Bauchi area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident happened around 9am on June 24 when Ezekiel lured Salisu to do a casual job for him on a farm in the community.
Salisu was said to be doing the job when the suspect allegedly used a wire to strangulate him till he lost consciousness.
Afterwards, the 32-year-old reportedly used a knife to pluck out the two eyes of the minor and abandoned him on the farm.
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The ward head, Mohammed Lawal, who was among the people who found the minor writhing in pain, alerted the police to the incident.
The victim was said to have identified Ezekiel as the culprit, leading to his arrest.
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