Soldier kills man, injures another for failing to stop at checkpoint in Jos

A taxi passenger has been killed and the taxi driver injured from gunshots fired by a soldier of the Plateau State Special Task Force (STF) in Jos.

Soldiers shown on guard after clashes in Nigeria's central city of Jos on February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Soldiers shown on guard after clashes in Nigeria’s central city of Jos on February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The passenger, Mr Wagley Dauda, who was a member of the staff of the University of Jos security department was shot dead by a personnel of the special task force STF on Jos crisis.

The incident happened when an officer of the STF on duty along Yakubu Gowon Way in Jos shot the taxi driver, Salisu Musa, of an Opel Vectra with registration number EW 336 AA (Lagos).

Addressing journalists on the incident in Jos yesterday, the spokesman of the task force, Captain Salisu Mustapher, said preliminary investigation conducted revealed that the soldier attempted to stop the driver who took one way (opposite direction) while approaching his guard location at the Green Park Nasco Quarters in Jos.

Mustapha said, “The driver failed to stop and instead tried to forcefully maneuver his way out despite the soldier’s instructions for him stop. The driver’s action was suspicious, consequently the soldier cocked and released a shot which pierced through the left shoulder of the driver and unfortunately hit Dauda on his chest.”

Mustapha said “the victims were immediately evacuated to Jos University Teaching Hospital for treatment by the personnel of the STF.

However, Mr Dauda died in the theatre while receiving medical attention. Meanwhile, the soldier is in custody undergoing investigation.”

Mustapha appealed to citizens of the state to always cooperate with the security agents at various duty posts.

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