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Nine missing Bauchi bikers rescued from military detention in Jos



Nine missing Bauchi bikers rescued from military detention in Jos

The military task force Operation Safe Haven in Jos, the Plateau State capital, has released nine commercial motorcyclists, known as “yan achaba,” who went missing while traveling from Kirfi Local Government Area of Bauchi State to Lafia in Nasarawa. According to reports, the youths, who were en route to Lafia for their bike taxi business, lost contact with their families and friends last Saturday, causing tension among their parents.

The Chairman of Kirfi Local Government Council, Abdulkadir Umar Dewu, confirmed their release to journalists on Thursday. He stated that the youths were detained by the military task force for four days without any evidence of wrongdoing found against them, despite possessing identification to verify their identities.

Dewu expressed dissatisfaction with the unprofessional conduct of the joint military task force towards innocent civilians, emphasizing that the youth were terrorized and subjected to severe torture without justification. He also highlighted the role of journalists and the public in bringing attention to the situation, which ultimately led to the discovery and subsequent release of the bikers.

The chairman’s remarks shed light on the ordeal faced by the young men and the disregard for their identification, as well as the confiscation and switching off of their phones by the task force. He emphasized that the wider publicity of their story played a significant role in resolving the situation.