A birthday party turned to tragedy after men suspected to be the Special Task Force officers opened fire on youths in Jos, Plateau, on Sunday night, June 22.
According to several unconfirmed reports, three young men have been killed and many were seriously injured by STF officers in Jos this weekend. The incident was said to be provoked by a fracas between the Joenice Bar owner and the angry youths at Nyango Gel, Bukuru Low cost Area.
When security operatives arrived on the scene they suppressed the youths by purposefully shooting them down. During the operation three persons were killed while others sustained injuries. The affected were sent to hospitals for treatment.
The grieving father of one of the victims, Mr Nantel Miri, said that he still could not believe that the STF members whose responsibility is to provide security for the citizens could kill them for no reason. He demanded for justice and appealed to the STF Commander to ensure the punishment of the soldiers who carried out the acts.
Reacting to the allegations, Spokesman for the STF, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, said, “I can tell you that nobody was killed at Joenice. The soldiers only responded to a distress call of the man who said the youths were picketing his bar and threatening to kill him if he refused to pay them a rent.”
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