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Police warn Plateau residents against inciting comments


By Polycarp Auta


Jos   –     The Police Command in Plateau has warned residents of the state to desist from making inciting comments capable of threatening the existing peace in the area.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Terna Tyopev, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Jos.

NAN reports that tension and confusion enveloped the city on Thursday following rumours that youths were attacking people over the situation in the South-East.

NAN also reports that areas worst affected by the situation included Akpata, Teminus, Gada-Biyu and Yan-Trailer.

Tyopev said the incident was caused by “the action and comments made by those who are so bent on causing violence”.

He maintained that there was no crisis in the state, but minor confusion caused by “enemies of peace”.

“What happened yesterday in some parts of Jos city was not crisis but skirmishes arising from inciting comments from some members of the public.

“Thank God we were able to deploy our officers and men to the affected areas, and normalcy has been restored.

“However, we must warn citizens of the state against inflammatory statements; people must stop making comments that can be inciting, ” he said.

Tyopev said the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by the state government was still in force and urged the people to obey it.

He also advised parents to educate their children on the importance of peaceful coexistence in the society.

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