The Military Task Force in Jos, code named Operation Safe Haven on Wednesday expressed regrets over the unfortunate killing of a 300 level student of the University of Jos.
The task force said “Operation Safe Haven regrets the unfortunate death of a civilian by name Mr Rinji Peter Bala by its personnel”.
A statement by Major Ibrahim ShittuMedia Officer said, “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 7 suspects, which were immediately moved to the Headquarters Sector 1 for preliminary investigation.
“Thereafter, 5 out of the 7 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 he 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.”
Some students of UNIJOS had contacte d SecurityKing News saying, “Another Jos boy with very promising prospects has been killed by security agents in the Hwolshe area of Jos South.
‘This is utterly sad. The 20-year-old Peter Rinjin aka Bobo was shot dead after he and his friends were stopped by security agents on Tuesday evening”, they added.
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