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Soldiers beat Jos taxi driver Karafa to death, army begins probe



Some soldiers of Operation Safe Haven kill taxi driver Karafa

Some soldiers of Operation Safe Haven kill taxi driver Karafa

The Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Plateau state has constituted a panel to investigate the murder of Jos taxi driver Sadik Abdullahi Karafa, by its men.

Maj. Ishaku Takwa, its Media Officer, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos.

Karafa, a resident of Angwan Rimi community of Jos North Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau, was beaten to death by soldiers at Farin Gada axis.

He was alleged to have violated the curfew imposed by the state government.

Takwa said that the Commanderof the Task Force, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, has visited the family of the deceased and 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 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.

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 wanton 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 rules of engagement.

The Plateau government imposed the curfew in the aftermath of the security challenges in the area.

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