IPOB, Hausa clash: Plateau Governor imposes indefinite curfew on Jos
The Plateau State Government on Thursday placed the state capital, Jos, under a dusk-to-dawn curfew due to tension between members of the Hausa and Igbo communities in the city.
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, Mr Emmanuel Nanle Samuel, said.
Reports today indicate that there is an ongoing ethnic clash between Hausa and Igbos in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
According to residents in the area, several people have been injured along Rwang Pam Street and Ahmadu Bello Way, areas that are said to be dominated by Igbos.
Police and other security officials have, however, arrived to calm the situation.
Below is the full statement by Plateau State Government:
The Executive Governor of Plateau State has expressed great dismay and shock at the sudden build-up of tension in Jos Metropolis on account of 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 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 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 wishes to assure all citizens that the security and welfare as the primary concern of Government is assured by the Rescue Administration. He is therefore enjoining all citizens to go about their business with the assurance that their safety is guaranteed. He further appealed to all religious and community leaders, neighbourhood vigilantes as well as all law abiding citizens to ensure nobody is allowed to take advantage of this unfortunate situation to engage in criminality.
The Governor wishes to restate that Plateau State remains home to all citizens of Nigeria irrespective of religion, ethnic extraction or political persuasion. He therefore enjoins all peace loving citizens to ensure that nothing is allowed to upset the hard earned peace in the State.