Justifying the people’s worries over the planned execution of Operation Python Dance III in South East Nigeria by the Nigeria Army, there is tension in Sha community, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, following allegations that some security operatives attached to Operation Safe Haven, OSH, keeping the peace in the state, have tortured a youth, Atajan Adamu, to death over a missing phone. Their victim allegedly died of internal bleeding from the torture.

It is common knowledge, members of the Nigeria military use torture in any interaction with civilians, either in traffic violation, or at checkpoints where motorists fail to obey a simple command or even packing at the wrong spot, you are getting a corporal punishment or horsewhipped or made to sit on the bare floor.

In a country that have made it common to deploy soldiers as regular police, the citizens are feeling the brunt of this anomaly. As most soldiers have seen themselves as law enforcement agents even when having normal friction or banta with ordinary citizens.

According to Vanguard, another youth was also killed when the army opened fire on a group of demonstrators who were protesting the killing of one Mr. Stephen Adamu by herdsmen.

The duo were said to have died in a hospital as the result of injuries sustained in the two incidents. On Amadu, a resident who spoke on condition of anonymity claimed that “Atajan Amadu had internal bleeding after being brutalised by the Special Task Force operating in Sha village, Bokkos Local Government Area over a friend’s missing mobile phone. “He was invited for questioning by the military personnel after he allegedly used his friend’s phone to take pictures at a secondary school graduation ceremony, but could not return it. “He explained to the security operatives that he used the phone, but handed it to an unidentified individual who requested to use it over to also take pictures, but disappeared with it. He died this morning.

the spokesman of OSH, Major Adams Umar, said: “I have not been notified, but I will get across to our men in that area because we have been out on operational visit to Wase. “I will get across to our people there so that I can get the details. “The challenge is that sometimes the network may not connect and sometimes those that have the information to give are busy on the field and may not pick calls until they are done. “But once I get across and gather the details, I will get back to you.”

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