(UPDATED) Fear of reprisal attacks in the north spreads, Plateau imposes indefinite curfew

Chidi Samuel || Igbos in northern Nigeria are currently living in fear over expectations of impending reprisal attacks following attacks by Biafra agitators in Port Harcourt and Aba in Rivers and Abia state respectively.

Media reports suggested that the Hausa community in the Oyibo area of Port Harcourt were attacked by IPOB members on Wednesday and early Thursday morning a video surfaced online of IPOB members stopping vehicles in Aba looking for Hausa people.

The Cable just reported that Igbo traders in Jos closed their shops earlier than usual out of fear of reprisal on Thursday.

The online platform reported that there was pandemonium on Ahmadu Bello Way as a result of rumours that the reprisal had started.

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to prevent a possible break down of law and order, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has declared an indefinite dusk to dawn curfew on the state capital, Jos.

The governor announced the measure Thursday evening through a statement by his spokesperson, Emmanuel Nanle and following reports of disturbances in parts of Jos.

“Consequently, the Governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (6 pm – 6 am) within the Greater Jos – Bukuru Metropolis, until further notice,” Mr. Nanle said.

He said security agencies had been directed to effect strict compliance with the curfew.

“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.”

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The Governor of Kano State had earlier assured Igbos in Kano at a meeting with stakeholders of their safety.

The Arewa youth coalition, the group that earlier gave the Igbo three months notice to quit the north, while assuring the Igbo of their safety, said they have refused to provoked by Nnamdi Kanu and Biafran agitators.

More to follow…