Aftermath of Igbo, Hausa Traders’ Clash, Plateau Govt. Declares Dusk to Dawn Curfew in Jos

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on the state capital, Jos.
The curfew followed a violent clash between Igbo and Hausa traders in Jos metropolis Thursday morning.
The Governor announced the measure Thursday evening through a statement by his spokesperson, Emmanuel Nanle.
The statement read: “Plateau State Governor has imposed a dawn to dusk curfew in Jos, the state capital. The Governor 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.”
It was gathered that during the fight, several people were injured along Rwang Pam street, an area said to be dominated by Igbos.
A resident who witnessed the clash and gave his name as Ojobo said that several houses and shops belonging to Igbo traders were destroyed.
“I barely escaped with my life as we speak. I don’t event know where my parents are.
“Many Igbos boys have been injured. Tell the police to come to our aid,” he pleaded.
However, security agencies were said to have restored calm to the area.

Author: News Editor

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