Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Report of 230 Igbos killed in Jos fake: Police

There were reports on social media that a luxurious bus conveying commuters of Igbo extraction was set ablaze, killing 230 passengers in Jos.

• August 29, 2021
Plateau CP, Edward Chuka Egbuka
Plateau CP, Edward Chuka Egbuka

The police in Plateau have described as fake, the news that unidentified persons have killed 230 Igbos in Jos.

There were reports on social media that a luxurious bus conveying commuters of Igbo extraction was set ablaze, killing 230 passengers in Jos.

The Plateau police spokesman, Ubah Ogaba, dismissed the report, saying that it was malicious and an attempt by mischief makers to stir up conflict in the state and the country at large.

Mr Ogaba, therefore, called on members of the public to disregard the dangerous rumour and go about their lawful businesses.

“The command hereby states categorically that there is no record of such incident anywhere in Jos.

 “We urge members of the public to disregard and stop the spread of such fake news capable of inspiring unwarranted panic, hatred, negativity, chaos and tribal conflict among the well-spirited residents of Plateau and Nigeria in general.

“We enjoin all citizens to cooperate with the police and other security agencies by providing prompt and useful information that will help to enhance the security of the state rather than spread unverified information capable of heating the polity.

“On this note, we wish to reaffirm our resolve toward the provision of adequate security within the state and even beyond,” he said.

The spokesman also urged residents to report all suspicious movements, emergencies or distress to the nearest police formation for a prompt response.

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