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Military to investigate killing of Jos taxi driver by personnel: Official

Reports have it that the deceased was beaten to death by soldiers for violating the state curfew.

• September 12, 2021
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The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), maintaining peace in Plateau and its environs, has constituted a Broad of Enquiry to investigate the murder of Abdullahi Karafa, a taxi driver in Jos, by its personnel.

Ishaku Takwa, media officer for the task force, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos.

Mr Karafa, a resident of Angwan Rimi community of Jos North local government area of Plateau, was allegedly beaten to death by soldiers at Farin Gada axis of the LGA.

It was alleged the deceased violated the 10:00 p.m. curfew imposed by the state government.

The commander of the task force, Ibrahim Ali, has visited the late taxi driver’s family and assured them he would deal with the soldiers involved.

“OPSH received with shock a report that its personnel deployed at Farin Gada beat and murdered a commercial taxi driver, Mr Abdullahi Karafa.

“Immediately we received the report, our commander visited the deceased family and condoned them over the unfortunate incident. The commander has since constituted a board of enquiry to unravel those behind the heinous act,” the statement said.

Mr Takwa added that the commander warned officers and men of the task force to operate within the ambit of the law, saying anyone caught wanting would not be spared.

He, however, assured the public that the task force personnel would continue to be professional and operate in line with the international best practices and rules of engagement.

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