An eyewitness account from the scene of the brutal killing of Benjamin Arum Izang a 31 years old graduate, who met his Waterloo in Jos North Local Government Council of Plateau State on Tuesday 4th February, 2020.
The incident occurred at about 4pm were the rampaging soldiers went berserk using hammers and big sticks on the residents one of them told this medium that the late Benjamin Izang bought egg from an underage girl at the Tina Junction after his payment arguments erupted between the two of them and the Lady who was alleged to be friending the soldier went to report that a Christian boy by name Benjamin Arum Izang harassed her.
The late Late Izang, was a trained teacher quarrelled with a local egg vendor whose boyfriend is among the peacekeeping troops stationed at Tina-ata-tar road, in Jos North LGA.
Information available to our correspondent revealed that when he cracked the N50 egg before paying, the single mother threw his money back at him and alerted her boyfriend.
Izang was going back home when his telephone rang ordering him to report to the military base before they rush to picked him with their military patrol van and whisked him away.
However, on hearing her own side of the reports the STF officer rushed to where the boy was sitting with his friends by asking them who is Benjamin Arum Izang amongst you and then Late Arum Izang was single out and taken to their base .
This medium gathered that while at the base the army officer started beating him with the stick and hammer on his leg leading breaking of rips and leg bringing to his untimely dead.
The deceased mother who is in her late 60s ,Mrs Hanatu Izang in her mourning mood lamenting by calling on the Federal Republic of Nigeria to give her justice over the unjustifiable treatment melted on her son.
According to Mrs Hanatu, she was preparing for evening church activities when her phone kept ringing, as I came back to take my phone I saw many miscalls then I immediately called back only to hear a familiar voice telling me to come over to Tina Junction in Nasarawa Gwom.
She explained that they crowd that gathered sighted me coming and told me your son was beating to coma but one good Samaritan has already taken him home .
At that time the soldier was still holding one big stick ready to hear any bad comment from me, but nobody was ready to do so because these soldiers deploy from STF to man up security have killings and brutalizing innocent people.
On arrival at home I saw Late Benjamin my son crying and begging me to forgive him that he is going, so I rushed to ask him but the pain was so severe and myself and the the senior brother invited one traditional fractured repeater who came to the house and perform it.
Mrs Hanatu Izang added that, late Benjamin was laying down and we were watching TV but she noticed that the boy wasn’t moving and I ask the brother to touch him, then we discover that he is dead.
The Afizere Youth Movement ,AYM, who are predominantly Christian Worshippers in Jos North Local Government council of Plateau state have decried that the Operation Safe Heaven, STF, deployed in communities have gone berserk using hammers during operation in breaking their youth legs which causes the dead of no fewer than 10 of it active youth.
The Chairman of Afizere Youth Movement, Comrade Stephen Izang Atsi and his organizing Secretary, Comrade Ajik Amos Ajik in a press conference held at the compound of the deceased, late .Benjamin Arum Izang.
They said, “what business does the army have in settling civil matters? Who had tried our brother to confirm his guilt? What did he do to deserve such treatment? What happened to our human rights as law abiding citizens of Nigeria?”
The body, Ajik said will head to court soon as autopsy and police reports are ready.
The emotional youth leader said, “The excesses of these STF Officers must be cut down.
“We have heard and seen many more brutal attacks by these men on innocent citizens at the slightest provocation.
“One Dakop from neighboring Jude area of Fudawa community was just discharged from hospital yesterday after being manhandled by these men.
“There have even been instances where they pursue people right into their homes and brutalize or even open fire on them like terrorists when at a time that insecurity is on the rise like this, Nigerians are supposed to be at peace when they see our gallant soldiers.”
The demands of the youths are as good as the slain youth’s family’s.
“All I want is justice because I don’t want this to repeat itself.
“It seems with these soldiers, our children don’t have the right to move about again,” said mother of the slain Benjamin, Mrs. Hannatu Izang.
The soldiers after beating her son to coma still wanted her to apologize, she said.
“When I went to the military checkpoint, I saw my son laying on the floor motionless, with one soldier standing on him with a big stick.
“I identified myself as his mother but no one said a word to me.
“From their body language, it was as though they wanted me to still beg them,” said the 60year-old widow.
“They gave us a mean look,” added her eldest son, Mr. James Izang who accompanied her.
The late Benjamin Izang was however a peaceful and friendly man, James said.
“Even the lady who reported him has benefited from his benevolence,” he said.
In the community, late Benjamin, the Chairman of the Afizere Elders Council, Mr. Ishaya Banyam said was a volunteer private teacher to many families.
“We looked at him as an asset but now the army have taken him away from us,” Banyam regretted.
The community leader demanded political authorities to investigate and punish the crime to absolve the country of human rights abuses as alleged by international observers.