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Group condemn shooting of taxi driver in Abuja, call for peace



By Abdulrazaq O Hamzat

Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP) has been informed of an unfortunate incident that happened on Wednesday  in Abuja at wuse market, in which a soldier who is part of security task force shot a taxi driver for no justifiable reason. The security task force reportedly dumped the victims body in his vehicle and ran away.
Group condemn shooting of taxi driver in Abuja, call for peace
We condemn the cruelty and inhumanity displayed against a fellow human by the security task force. Foundation for Peace Professionals also aware that the incident had led to massive protest which started in wuse market at the scene and quickly spread to other parts of the Federal capital. We appeal to the aggrieved protesters to remain calm and not take laws into their hands. Only in an atmosphere of peace can justice prevail.

Findings have revealed that, the security task force has been extorting members of the public around wuse market for a long time. Many of those who started and joined the protest when the ugly incident happened were said to be victims, who had been abused and extorted at one time or the other. We therefore call for the review of the operation of all task force that has deviated from the purpose of
its creation.Group condemn shooting of taxi driver in Abuja, call for peace

We also call on the security agencies to arrest and properly prosecute the soldier that shot the taxi driver and all other members of the task force engaged in public extortion and criminality. It is important to note that, security agencies cannot do their job properly without public support, but with incident such as this, the public maybe unable to cooperate with security agencies that they perceive to
be cruel, wicked and unjust to them. This is why security agencies must restore public confidence by taking appropriate actions against erring officers.Group condemn shooting of taxi driver in Abuja, call for peace

We therefore appeal to the Minister of FCT, the Federal Capital Development Administration (FCDA) and the security agencies to jointly review the operation of this task force and others like it to ensure
citizens are not being violated under the guise of maintaining law and order.

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