15 September 2017
…Police Assures Igbos of Safety in Kaduna
By Justice Nwafor
The Plateau State government Thursday evening declared a dusk to dawn (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) curfew in the capital, Jos, in response to rumours that fight may break out between Hausas and Igbos in the town as a result of the crisis in Abia State.
This was contained in a statement released by the Director of Press and Public Affairs in the Government House, Dr. Emmanuel Nanle.
He said: “Following the unfortunate reaction and spread of rumours within the Jos metropolis in response to the agitation by IPOB , the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (6 p.m. – 6 a.m. ) within the Greater Jos – Bukuru Metropolis until further notice.
Dr. Nanle noted that the action of the state government was in the best interest of the state and its residents as it is meant to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
“This is to forestall any breakdown of law and order. The Executive Governor has directed the immediate deployment of security personnel in all flashpoints within the Jos metropolis to ensure compliance with the curfew and to avert any further breach of the peace”, he said.
In a related development, the Kaduna State Police Command has assured non indigenes in the state of their safety.
The state commissioner of Police, Agyole Abe, gave the assurance while countering rumours that non indigenes in the state were living in fear.
He advised residents of the state to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or harassment.
“There is no crisis in Kaduna, the state is peaceful. I advise everybody to open his shops as usual and do your business.
“Don’t be apprehensive; the rumour of attacks is baseless and unfounded. Our men are on the alert all the time to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the state”, the commissioner said.