Soldiers assigned to Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a multi-security taskforce, maintaining peace in Plateau allegedly beat a taxi driver, Sadik Abdullahi Karafa, to death on Friday night.
On his way from Mangu before the curfew hour, the victim was reportedly beaten by the soldiers posted at Paringada Market.
The curfew is slated to commence from 10pm to 6am but Sadik was reported to have returned around 9:20pm.
An elder brother of the deceased Abdullahi Karafa, recounted how his brother was murdered by the soldiers.
According to him: “We were at home when a call came in from a mutual friend that our brother was arrested and being beaten by soldiers along Faringada road. On hearing that, one of my younger brothers, Umar Abdullahi, quickly went to the scene and saw the soldiers were beating him.
“When he told them that Sadik was his brother, they ignored him and put him inside their Hilux. My bother returned home that very Friday night and we all decided that we will visit the checkpoint in the morning since it was already 10 pm. On the morning of Saturday, we went to the Faringada checkpoint and saw that he was already dead.
“We then took the corpse to the Katako police station to report about the incident. There was no explanation as to why he was severely beaten to death.
The General Officer Commanding 3 division has paid a visit to the family to comfort and vowed that justice will be served.
“We will not leave this to free. We are demanding justice,” he said