#JusticeForRinji: Nigerians call for justice over UNIJOS student allegedly killed by soldiers

Rinji Peter Bala shot dead by soldiers in Jos, Plateau State

Nigerians have taken to Twitter to demand justice for the alleged murder of a 20-year-old man, Peter Rinji, in Jos, Plateau State capital.

Recounting the incident, a journalist, Matthew Tegha, wrote on Twitter early Wednesday that the young man nicknamed Bobo was reportedly shot by officers of “the Nigerian Army at Sector 1” on Tuesday evening.

The deceased is said to be in his third year as a student of History and International Studies at the University of Jos (UNIJOS).

“At the family house we learnt that the youths numbered seven were apprehended by vigilantes breaking the lockdown order around 7pm at Hwolshe area overhead bridge and were handed to the soldiers around 18th Street Lounge and later transferred to the Army Sector 1 at the new Zaria Road stadium,” Mr Tegha wrote.

He said that one of the seven boys, whose name has been withheld, alleged that after “thorough investigation and torture” they were found innocent and told to run away.

According to Tegha, the boy said that as they ran out the soldiers shot at them and hit Rinji.

He added that the other six boys have been taken to the state Police A-Division for questioning after which an investigation would commence.

Although the army is yet to respond to the allegations, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to demand justice.