CAN demands punishment for soldier who stabbed man to death in Plateau

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has demanded swift justice for a killer soldier who stabbed a private security officer to death.

Tension has remained in Barkinladi Local Government Area of Plateau State days after the attack by a member of the military task force.

Pam Chollom, a security officer with Operation Rainbow, a Plateau State government-owned security outfit, was stabbed to death by a soldier at a checkpoint.

The Special Task Force, STF’s media officer, Ikedichi Iweha, in an interview, said the officer who stabbed the private security personnel has been arrested and detained at the force headquarters in Jos.

The STF was also accused of shooting three other youth, who protested the killing of Mr. Chollom on Monday.

However, Mr. Iweha denied the shooting of the youth.

Mr. Iweha, a captain in the Nigerian Army, said the STF members at Sector 7 used “minimal force” to dispel the protesting youth, who, he alleged, attempted setting the entire headquarters of the Sector 7 ablaze.

“The youth, in the early hours of (Monday), mobilized themselves to the Sector 7 in Barkinladi, destroyed our gates, vandalized two of our operational vehicles and burned our oil bunker,” he said. “It was at that point that our troops had to use minimal force to dispel the protesters. In the process, one person was injured.”

The protesting youth allegedly trooped to the streets and barricaded the Barkinladi-Mangu highway and impeded motorists traveling to central and southern Plateau state. The road was barricaded till noon, Monday.

Mr. Iweha described the death of Mr. Chollom as unfortunate and called for calm.

The Plateau state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Soja Bewarang, on Tuesday condemned the killing and asked for immediate justice.

“The offender must be punished accordingly to serve as a deterrent to other security operatives,” it said. “Their assignment is to protect Nigeria citizens not kill; no matter the provocation,” CAN said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the council chairman of Barkinladi, Emmanuel Lomang, insisted that three youth were shot by the soldiers. Two among them sustained serious gun wounds and were taken to the Barkinladi General Hospital for treatment. They were later moved to Jos for better medical attention as their condition deteriorated.

A witness, a food vendor, Nanat Timothy, who claimed the incident occurred close to her restaurant, told journalists at the Barkinladi Secretariat gate that the STF personnel who stabbed Mr. Chollom to death was in uniform at the time of the murder and the incident occurred at a security check point along Gashik-Barkinladi road.

“There was an argument among the three councillors who were supervising the on-going voters’ registration and the Operation Rainbow man was in company of the Councillors,” she said. “The Operation Rainbow officer was trying to introduce himself to the soldier and the soldier stabbed him in his private parts. He died on the spot. The soldier immediately handed over the knife to his colleague and left.”

One of the Councillors, Barry Rigat, representing Marit Ward, in an interview in Barkinladi, also confirmed the soldier stabbed the security officer.

According to Mr. Rigat, the soldiers threatened to kill him.

“Two of the soldiers were dragging me to the bush,” he said. “I insisted on not following them. That was when one of the soldiers stabbed our security man to death.”


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    The Nigeria Army operates as an occupation force, not as defenders of our territorial integrity.

    CAN, why this call?

    I thought “an eye for an eye” was of the Old Testament or an Islamic call!

    Nigeria is now in a state of WARRE. – (Thomas Aquinas)

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      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)
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  • Abubakar sfada

    Shameless CAN, a group of danbo gum prayers, how many arms U supply illegally, an U a walking free

    • Ade

      Sure they supplied arms to prophet muhammad to fight numerous wars he fought to establish the agenda (islam) of his father the devil.

      • Abubakar sfada

        @ade, U shel blame can leader bco am nt the owner the privetjet capture for supply arms, an if he did is right why the christians leaders react on him, an any religious leader both christian /muslim put his hand in his hand in any goverment issue, his name is politician nt religion leader,

    • Babandum

      Abubakar, look at what your comment drew as a response involving the name of the Prophet. Please excercise restraint when it comes to your mouth and always analyse issues not people. Insult their gods not so that they will not insult yours.

      • Abubakar sfada

        Tnx for the advice babandum.

  • bikky

    My questions are,One;which force is this security man work for (Police,Army,Civil Defence,Navy,SSS,)? ,Two,what is the function(s) of Soldier where they are having voter’s registration? These are the soldiers that suppose to be at Sambisa forest looking for Shekau or be at Riyom looking for these Fulanis that are killing people everyday in that state. Anyway RIP to the dead but Investigation must be done and anybody involve should not go unpunished.

  • Dr. Kay

    When did CAN become the complainant, jury, judge and executioner? Chei wonders shall never end. Is this part of CAN mandate?

  • HAMZA

    ….and what about the soldier-murderers of Late Konto Sullum of Maidugri???

  • Michael Faniran

    Good job Odion. This is the kind of public education and enlightenment that NERC should embark upon