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Soldiers allegedly beat Jos taxi driver to death for violating curfew

A taxi driver, Abdullahi Karafa was allegedly beaten to death by soldiers at Farin Gada axis in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

It was alleged that Karafa, a resident of Angwan Rimi community violated the 10 p.m. curfew imposed by the state government.

The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven, which is maintaining peace in Plateau and its environs, has constituted a board of enquiry to investigate the alleged murder of the deceased by its personnel.

Its Media Officer, Maj. Ishaku Takwa, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos said that the Commander of the Task Force, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, has visited the family of the deceased and had assured that any soldier found culpable would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“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’s family and consoled them over the unfortunate incident.

“The commander has since constituted a board of enquiry to unravel those behind the heinous act,“ the statement said.

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

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

The Plateau government imposed the dusk-to-dawn curfew in the aftermath of the security challenges in the state.

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