In Jos: Policeman reportedly shot dead by soldiers

Soldiers at check point in Maiduguri.

Daily Sun reports that the other victims later identified as police officers, had sustained injuries during the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of one whose identity is yet to be released.

A policeman has allegedly been shot and killed by soldiers over the weekend at a military check point close to Panshanu village along Bauchi-Jos road.

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Daily Sun reports that the other victims later identified as police officers, had sustained injuries during the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of one whose identity is yet to be released.

The victims who had been on mufti at the time of the incident, had reportedly been travelling from Taraba State to Kaduna State for an interview.

The reports reveal that the men had refused to stop their bus at the check point for a security search by the soldiers who were on patrol, causing the military men to open fire on them under the suspicion that they were terrorists.

Major Joseph Adekunle, the Assistant Director Army Public Relations (PRO) of the 33 artillery Brigade Bauchi, confirmed the incident, disclosing that the bus had driven through the check point without stopping, arousing suspicion that they may be Boko Haram insurgents or some criminals.

Major Adekunle added that the army had later carried out further investigations which had revealed that the victims were police officers.

The situation has reportedly been brought under control, as the roads have since been opened for motorists.

The spokesman for the army urged members of general public to follow the rules at every check point, irrespective of their status in society so as to avoid a recurrence of such an incident in the future.

“The general public is also requested to note that the current situation in the country especially with the ongoing operation in North East to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts, there is need to ensure no escaping terrorists or weapons are allowed to infiltrate other parts of the country.”

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May his soul rest in peace.

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