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Soldiers storm bank in Jos, kill security guard, injure customers – Army responds

Linus Edogwu, the security guard who only performed his duty by letting the military men know the bank had already closed for the day, was shot dead by an irate soldier. – An eyewitness report.

The sad incident happened on the 22nd day of October, 2018, at about 3:00pm after the bank had closed for the day. (It is reported that banks close that early in Jos for security reasons).

According to the eyewitness;

The soldiers drove to the gate of the bank with their faces masked and demanded for the gate to be opened. But the security guard told them the operation hours had passed and that they should only use the Automatic Teller Machine.

Edogwu also insisted that the soldiers would not be allowed onto the bank premises with masked face and cocked riffles in their hands.

As the argument ensued, one of the soldiers fired at him and killed him at the gate. The soldier also injured other officials of the bank and some customers using the ATM, who are now receiving treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.

The soldiers were said to have driven out of the scene while shooting into the air to disperse a mob who attempted to protest the extrajudicial killing.

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The spokesman for the Special Military Taskforce codenamed Operation Safe Haven, Major Umar Adams, in a statement confirmed the killing, describing it as regrettable.

He said, “The Headquarters of Operation Safe Haven unequivocally condemns such overbearing acts and hereby states that it does not in any way represent the professional posture of the Armed Forces of Nigeria at large.

“The culprits have been identified, apprehended and currently under detention and will be subjected to constituted military justice procedure.

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