Rinji Bala: The mobile police officer with The operation Safe Haven Plateau State Command, who allegedly killed a Plateau Youth idenfied as Rinji Peter Bala a three hundred level undergraduate student of the University of Jos along Zaria Road, Jos on the twelfth of May 2020, has been handed over to the police for prosecution.
This was revealed by the Commander Operation Safe Haven Major General Chukwu Enema Okonkwo, to the Plateau State Coordinator of the National human Rights Commission Jos, Mrs Grace Pam and her team while on a courtesy visit and a fact-finding pursuit on the recent murder of a student of the University of Jos and other issues of Violation of human rights by officers of the Command.
Mrs. Pam revealed that the NHRC has begun an investigation into the killing and that the Commission is depending on the Command to make sure that Justice is served appropriately to avoid animosity.
The State Coordinator also explained the mandate, functions and activities of the Commission to the unreserved understanding of the Commander, who was recently posted to the State.
She intimated him on the close relationship the Commission has always had with the previous Commanders and urged him to keep the good spirit alive.
Mrs. Pam admonished the Commander to always investigate alleged cases of human rights violations by the military reported to it immediately to as well as to try all possible means to reduce contact with the Civilians by only engaging in serious issues.
In his remarks the Commander, Major General Chukwu Enema Okonkwo disclosed that the visit of the Commission to his Command has better informed him of the Modus operandi of the Commission, and he pledged to give out his maximum cooperation to make sure that human rights violations by the military is reduced to its barest minimum.
Commenting on the issue of Rinji Peter Bala, the Commander expressed heart felt regrets over the incident which could have been avoided, however stressed that the military is very passionate about human rights issues as such does not tolerate breaches of human rights.
General Okonkwo assured of the Commands preparedness to collaborate with the Commission in areas of trainings and sharing of information.
Highlights of the visit was the issuance of souvenirs and educational materials from both parties.
By Dung Donald Malou