Vil­lagers protest youth’s killing, de­nounce OPSH in Plateau

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

Aprotest broke out yes­ter­day morn­ing in Am­pang-West, Mangu lo­cal govern­ment area of Plateau State fol­low­ing the al­leged killing of a youth by sol­diers at­tached to Op­er­a­tion Safe Haven.

The youths de­mol­ished a vig­i­lante out­post and asked se­cu­rity agents to va­cate the area as they moved to the tra­di­tional leader’s home, who ap­pealed for calm and as­sured them that jus­tice will be done.

Daily Trust gath­ered from wit­ness that the vic­tim, 22 year old Aaron Kasham was shot dead Wed­nes­day night shortly after a rob­bery in­ci­dent in the area.

His brother, John Kasham told Daily Trust that soon after the rob­bery, Aaron who had gone to buy bread and two oth­ers had been trailed by men of the task­force.

John who said he also wit­nessed the rob­bery said; “my­self and oth­ers saw the se­cu­rity men fol­low the di­rec­tion of Aaron and two oth­ers but it was in the morn­ing that one of my sib­lings came to tell me that Aaron had been killed by sol­diers.”

How­ever, OPSH through the Chief of Staff, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Mo­hammed Bello, said the vig­i­lante in the com­mu­nity had called on se­cu­rity task­force to as­sist them after a rob­bery in­ci­dent adding that, “while try­ing to search for the rob­bers, men of the task­force heard a gun­shot from a build­ing close by and when they got there they saw a woman cry­ing. After scout­ing the area, they found the corpse of a young man.”

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Bello said by morn­ing, youths of the com­mu­nity re­fused to let the po­lice re­trieve the body for pos­si­ble au­topsy and in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion will show whether it is the bul­let from the ri­fle which is used by OPSH or not be­cause each car­tridge car­ries a se­rial num­ber.”

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