According to reports, Soldiers of Operation Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) have allegedly beaten a 27 years old man, Yusufa Haruna, to death at Mbamga in Sarduana local government area of the state. Father of the deceased, Mr Haruna Kurkal, told journalists in Jalingo on Monday that trouble started when his late son had a misunderstanding with his girlfriend which resulted in a fight among them.
The parents of the girl (name withheld) reported the misunderstanding to the village head of the area, Jauro Saleh Abubakar, who asked the Sarkin Hausawa, Alhaji Ibrahim Bangari, to report the issue to soldiers.
He narrated that the soldiers on receipt of the complaint stormed his house looking for him and his son but they were not at home as they were on the farm.
“On Friday March 23rd, I was home in the evening when my daughter ran to me crying that soldiers beat Yusufa to death.
“And few minutes later, I saw some of my relations carrying Yusufa on a motorcycle to my house.
“He was unconscious as he was badly tortured. We quickly took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead,” he narrated.
Punch reported that Haruna said the matter was reported to the police in Gembu who arrested the village head and the girl in question and have since brought them to Jalingo for further interrogation.
The deceased’s father who said they arrived Jalingo at the weekend said the village head and the girl were in custody of the police at the command headquarters in Jalingo, and that proper investigation is expected to commence on Tuesday after the Easter holiday.
When contacted Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier, Gen. Texas Chukwu told our correspondent that he was not aware of the development, but promised to verify the information.
When our correspondent called for the second time Chukwu said he has contacted the Brigade Commander in charge of the operation who promised to get back to him.
Chukwu was yet to get back to our correspondent at the time of filling this report hours after their second phone conversation and calls to his line elicited no response.
On his part, the Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. David Misal said he was yet to be briefed on the issue.