By Milcah Tanimu
The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a commercial driver in Jos by individuals believed to be hoodlums.
The victim, identified as Fwinbe Thomas, allegedly grazed a motorcycle rider with his vehicle while driving home after work. Enraged by the incident, a group of hoodlums on motorcycles pursued the driver and attacked him along Tudun Wada Ring Road in Jos, resulting in his death.
In response to the incident, the Plateau State Police Command’s spokesperson, Alabo Alfred, issued a statement condemning the actions of the hoodlums and confirming the driver’s death.
The statement revealed that the police received a report of the incident from an informant on September 25, 2023, around 22:30 hours. A police patrol team promptly rushed to the scene, where they found the victim lying in a pool of blood beside a damaged Suzuki Mini Bus. The victim had multiple head injuries.
The police suspect that the victim was brutally beaten to death by a group of hoodlums, believed to be illegal commercial motorcyclists known as “Okada Riders” who operate in the Jos and Bukuru metropolis. The victim’s body was taken to the Plateau Specialist Hospital, where a medical doctor confirmed his death. The corpse has been placed in the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.
The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, CP Okoro Julius Alawari, expressed his displeasure with the unlawful killing and appealed for calm. He assured Plateau residents that the perpetrators would face justice. The commissioner also warned against “Jungle Justice” and emphasized the importance of allowing law enforcement agencies to handle such cases.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing, and further updates will be provided to the public in due course.