Abdullahi Karafa, a taxi driver in Jos, the Plateau State capital, has been allegedly beaten to death by soldiers for reportedly flouting a curfew imposed by the state government.
The curfew was imposed in the state following an outbreak of violence. Lives and property have been lost to the latest rounds of violence.
Ishaku Takwa, spokesman of ‘Operation Safe Haven’, a special task force, set up to enforce the curfew and maintain peace in the restive areas of Plateau State, said in a statement on Saturday that a panel has been set up to probe the death of the late Karafa, who was a resident of Angwan Rimi community of Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
The statement noted that Major-General Ibrahim Ali, the head of the task force, vowed that any soldier found culpable will face 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,” NAN quoted the statement as saying.
“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.”