Lockdown: 300L Uni Jos student allegedly shot dead by soldiers

A History and International Studies undergraduate of the University of Jos, Rinji Peter Bala aka Bobo, has been allegedly shot dead by some yet to be identified soldiers.

It was gathered that Rinji was out around his house with friends when the security operatives arrested them thinking they were criminals. Upon release, the 20-year-old 300 Level student was later shot & killed.

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Meanwhile, the House of Representatives on Tuesday directed heads of security agencies to bring to book officials indicted for human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings during the lockdown across Nigeria.

The House also condemned the spate of rights’ violations during the lockdown and mandated its relevant committees to investigate the matter and ensure that justice is done.


These resolutions followed a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by the deputy chief whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Imo).

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As one of the strategies to curb the spread of COVID-19, various state governments declared partial or total lockdown in their states. President Muhammadu Buhari also ordered a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, Abuja and recently, Kano.

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The National Human Rights Commission reported that while the lockdown lasted, incidents of human rights violations were rife.

In the first two weeks of the lockdown, the commission said no fewer than 18 Nigerians were killed extrajudicially by security operatives across the country, less than the 11 that had died from COVID-19 at the time.