By Our Reporter
Some soldiers under the Operation Save Haven (STF) has tourtured and killed a 31 years old man, Mr Benjamin Izang, an indigene of Jos North in Plateau state over a girl friend issue.
The soldiers and the girl who were involved in the death of Mr Benjamin are currently on the run, as the body of the late Benjamin has been deposited at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
The mother of the deceased narrated what transpired that led to inhuman tourture to death of their late son, Benjamin during an interview with Journalists in the family house at Agwan Rukuba Area in Jos North during a press confrence held by the Afizere Youth Movement to condemn the brutal killing of one of their own.
The mother of the late Benjamin said on this fateful day, 4th of February, 2020,
“I was getting ready for evening service which is around 4pm trying to take my bath when I received call from my neighbors within the community called mama Titi.” She further said she abandoned her bath and rushed to the place.
“only to meet the gathering of people and the woman who called me on phone said is your son that the army have been torturing since “.
“when I was trying to see my son, I was told that good Samaritan has taken him home, I did not talk to the soldiers because their present look very unfriendly and people said I should not talk to them I ingnorned them and returned home. ”
“I met my son crying with excruciating pain holding his legs, meanwhile before getting home, his brother had put water on the fire to treat the legs which the Army totally disfigured and the bones broken.”
I put a call through to my sister, a Pharmacist with Jos University Teaching Hospital to recommend any effective pain reliever for me for him to take, may be it will reduce the pain.
“which she recommend and send one of the brothers to the Pharmacy in the area “Lamed” to buy the recommended pain relievers while the local doctor was attending to the piece bone which I believe they used heavy object on him.”
She further added that “before the person I sent to buy the drugs could come back, the person dressing the bones had finished and gone while the late Benjamin was sitting relaxing on chair.
“I noticed he was not making any move, I call the attention of the brother to check him, and then replied in Hausa language that I don’t think he is alive, when I touched him, his body was already cold. ”
She said all these are happening within two hours when he was released from the killer soldiers and the time he finally died.
She lamented that nobody has before now come to report the late Benjamin to her or any other person in the family.
“What I heard is that he was having argument with a girl selling eggs, if that is true, what is the business of Army?When has Army turned police? These questions I would want the government to help and provide answers to.”
“What I want now is justice. I want the government to provide the killer soldier to face the full wrath of the law. This will serve as deterant to some of the soldiers within the system operating without regards to the law. ”
The elder brother of the late Benjamin corroborated the mother’s narratives and called for justice over the gruesome killing of his brother by men of Operation Save Havens.
He called the on the authorities to do something about the STF in the community by extension, in the state, as they had killed a d maimed innocent people in the community with every slightest provocation.
“Even the aged are not spared from the butality of these soldiers called Operation Save Haven.”
It would be recalled that STF which comprises of all the Armed and paramilitary forces was formed and drafted to the state during the dark days of Jos crisis.
They had severally been accused of aiding and abbeting crisis in the state, the allegations they have consistently denied.
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