Some Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express outrage over the alleged killing of Rinji Bala, a student of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) in Plateau state, by a soldier.
Rinji, a 300 level student of history and international studies, was allegedly shot dead by a soldier attached to the Special Task Force (STF) on Tuesday for “violating government’s lockdown order.”
Following his death, quite a number of Nigerians have taken to the microblogging platform to pour out their annoyance while also grieving the deceased.
Using the hashtag #JusticeForRinji, they also demanded that those responsible for the killing of the student be prosecuted.
“Another day another #. How long will this continue? When will security operatives start valuing the lives of civilians? As long as they’re not brought to book, such madness will continue. They know who pulled that trigger. He/she should face the law. We demand #JusticeForRinji,” a Twitter user wrote.
“You can only wonder why a promising life was wasted. While terrorists are released by the same set of security of operatives. What happened to proper investigation? Why do we have to fear our soldiers sworn to protect us? Was he handed to the Police,” another user wrote.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
Another day another #. How long will this continue? When will security operatives start valuing the lives of civilians?
— ~ⓙⓞⓢⓗ (@joshgyang) May 13, 2020
You can only wonder why a promising life was wasted. While terrorists are released by the same set of security of operatives.
What happened to proper investigation?
Why do we have to fear our soldiers sworn to protect us?
Was he handed to the Police?#JusticeForRinji pic.twitter.com/0yzkpz02zC
— MD XtraordinairE (@Joeynext) May 13, 2020
This is Rinji. A 300 Level student of History and International Studies University of Jos. Rinji was apparently shot by some men of the Nigerian army paid to defend us after he was arrested and charged a thief when he was just strolling in his angwa.#JusticeforRinji pic.twitter.com/RVZDQ9UNdj
— The Young Uncle (@Nenkinan_deshi) May 13, 2020
Rinji Bala also know as bobo he was a student of University of Jos.
Bobo was the only son of his father.
Bobo was beaten and killed yesterday by soldiers because of N10,000. He was told to run after been beaten & then shot
Bobo commited no crime
This is a murder #JusticeForRinji pic.twitter.com/pVWq175Wji
— Your Ancestors (@EkiOdion) May 13, 2020
Name: Rinji Bala
Rinji was shot and killed for literally nothing. No proof of crime, only suspected to be part of a robbery gang. After investigations, they were released and he was shot dead.#JusticeForRinji pic.twitter.com/B4DYqEivaF
— LOCAL RICE 🌾 (@NameisMayang) May 13, 2020
— Drops🎴 (@Bojack_Dropsman) May 13, 2020
H.E Governor @sblalong should ensure that nothing is left unturned to ensure that justice is done to Rinji. Let the matter be prosecuted to the highest level. If we're silent, such rascality will continue & it can be me or you next. #JusticeForRinji #JusticeForBobo pic.twitter.com/yFSlZruCp6
— Selzing Fabong (@Selzinng) May 13, 2020
Bobo, sweet boy. Tutored him about 9 years ago.
The Judge, Jury, Prosecutor and executioners shit him for violating lockdown.
This country is messed up man. pic.twitter.com/CWDQVSzBIP
— A D I K A B A (@Adikaba1) May 13, 2020
And I wonder, where are we heading to in this country, what has this country done for Him that will amount giving him a reward of death? Haba jama'a ? This country cannot bless someone but rather give punishment?
A young man with promising future o gruesomely #JusticeForRinji pic.twitter.com/1NpjdH1vRb
— ceo:GEORGE CLASSIC THREADS… CUSTOM MADE SHIRTS (@GeorgeLambert_1) May 13, 2020
I can't even believe it….this country is just getting dark…like WTF…why would a soldier,who is supposed to protect the civilian..is now the one killing the innocent 😖🖤🕯️…
Rest on bro…. pic.twitter.com/HBUVtRiVgV
— Choco_Panda® 🐼 (@Shentiver_lomie) May 13, 2020
He was suspected to have been in a robbery and after investigation he was released and then shot him for no reason…….these "security" men shouldn't go free this act was unlawful WE WANT #JusticeforRinji pic.twitter.com/XSf1kLHVgv
— _BADMON (@nathan_barde) May 13, 2020
Even if he was the worst criminal on earth he deserves a trial and not to be shot like an animal. I don't know you in person but you're in my town and anyone from my town is a close brother to me. Find rest sir #JusticeForRinji pic.twitter.com/XWd9dGJ2k7
— _iam_teddy (@_iam_teddy) May 13, 2020
The worse that can happen to that security personnel is to be transferred to another state, life goes on, the killing continues. A family mourns, JOS city mourns#JusticeforRinji pic.twitter.com/1JLHT0Zhsi
— 👑 Pablo 👑 (@mahpiz) May 13, 2020
— _BADMON (@nathan_barde) May 13, 2020
— carida (@itzcarida) May 13, 2020
Is this what our country is? The very people sworn to protect us are the ones taking our lives😔
He was murdered in cold blood by the @HQNigerianArmy in Jos
— Gabriel Decker (@GabrielDecker_) May 13, 2020
— Favour Ele Christopher (@ele_favour) May 13, 2020
Thieves are apprehended and tried at court. But he wasn't even guilty.
Did he threaten you?
Did you feel unsafe?
Did he resist arrest?
Did you have to pursue ?
Did you catch him engaged in any illegal act?
Then you MURDERED Rinji#justiceforrinji
— Hannatu Dariya (@urban_duff) May 13, 2020
Aye! A brother has fallen! Behold another victim of a failed system😢💔@HQNigerianArmy we appreciate all the efforts you're putting in place to ensure that we're safe.
What we can't accept is one of you killing our brother on the altar of nothingness.#JusticeForRinji pic.twitter.com/KbIR0obiwb
— Pyalhan (@BSahmah) May 13, 2020
He was just 20years old.
Rinji Bala was shot dead yesterday in Plateau State by Rogue Military Men that claimed that he was part of a robbery gang.
— Amama Benn Benedict (@AmamaBenn) May 13, 2020
He was killed for absolutely doing nothing
— Mfoniso Isong (@isong_mfoniso) May 13, 2020
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