e Nigerian Army,on
Tuesdayopened fire at unarmed civilians in Jos, Plateau State, killing an undergraduate of the University of Jos,
Mr. Rinji Peter Bala, a 300Level student of the University of Jos, was arrested at about 7pm in his neighborhood, Hwolshe, during the lockdown imposed on the state by the government
He was arrested along side six(6) others .They were taken to Sector 1 headquarters of the Special Task Force opposite the Jos Zaria Road stadium, in a military patrol van.
“They didn’t tell us our offense, but
tortured us for over an hour before releasing us.
“At the gate, some soldiers asked us to run. But when we took off, they opened fire.
Bobo (Rinji Peter) fell few meters from the gate (Sector Command entrance).
“I stopped to help him up but a soldier came close, with his gun pointed at me but turned back when another soldier shouted “ceasefire,”” said a survivor
Peter’s father, a Secret Service Agent was at the Sector Command shortly after the after the incident.
He was told by the Sector Commandant
That the kids were found innocent and released
“I saw a corpse at the entrance of the military base but didn’t know it was my son; and they never told me until I met a fellow detainee while driving home,” -Mr. Bala told relatives.
As of publishing time, Mr Bala and other family members were deeply grieving and unable to talk to press.
Police and military authorities had equally not responded to requests for comments.