IPOB: Plateau Govt Declares Curfew
The fall-out of the agitation for Biafra is gradually spreading to other parts of Nigeria.
Governor Simon Lalong is worried about the tension and fears of a clash between both groups, a statement by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle Samuel, said.
Tension built up in the city after rumours made the rounds that members of the Hausa community were set to the attack Igbos in retaliation to reported attacks on a Hausa community in Rivers state.
As a result, there was confusion around the city centre with traders hurriedly closing their shops and residents rushing to return home.
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The government attributed the “the sudden buildup of tension” in Jos to “the conduct of some disgruntled elements, who have decided to throw the metropolis into confusion on account of their negative reaction to the agitations of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East”.
“Consequently, the governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (6pm – 6am) within the Greater Jos-Bukuru Metropolis, until further notice,” the statement read in part.
“The deployment of security personnel to all flash points within the metropolis has also been directed to ensure compliance with the curfew order and to avert any further breach of law and order.”
The governor assured all citizens of their safety and asked them to go about their activities without fear.