Tension In Jos As Angry Youths Confront Security Operatives Over Trader’s Death


Tension took the centre stage in Bukur town of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, on Monday, after one person was shot dead and two others injured by security operatives.

The incident occurred during an operation by a combined security task force comprising Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Police and Operation Rainbow, enforcing the law banning roadside trading.

Arising from the ugly development, irate youths embarked on a protest, blocking roads and burning tyres which raised concerns among residents of Bukur general area

Confirming the killing, the Youth leader of Bukuru Community, Bello Muhammad said the incident, which began around 2:00 pm, had more than five vehicles burnt by the angry youth.

Muhammed told reporters that; “Some traders were going about their normal businesses, when suddenly armed security personnel from the joint task force descended on them without any provocation.

“In the process, they shot three of our younger brothers, killed one, while two others got injured.”

Reacting to the incident that took his son’s life, the deceased’s father, Musa Aliyu said the young man was transacting cellphone business in the area prior to the unfortunate death.

He claimed that his son, aged 30, was not trading on the road when the security operatives allegedly shot him.

Expressing his pains over his son’s death, Aliyu said; “I am the father of Muhammad Nasiru. The security operatives went to the area where my son and other people were selling phones, destroying the cardboards used to display the phones.

“I was called and informed that he and others had been shot, and that Nasiru had died”.

Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the Plateau State Command Spokesperson of the Nigeria Police, DSP Alabo Alfred, was yet to issue any official statement on the incident.

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