2 killed in Jos clash between Igbos, Hausas - Lalong

Governor Lalong warned that the government will not tolerate any act of lawlessness initiated by troublemakers.

The governor revealed this while addressing the state's traditional rulers, religious leaders and security chiefs on Friday, September 15.

A clash broke out between Igbos and Hausas in Jos-Bukuru metropolis on Thursday, an escalation of the tension generated by agitations for secession by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state.

The crisis led to the governor declaring a dusk to dawn curfew in the state late on Thursday in a bid to restore law and order.

While speaking on Friday, Governor Lalong warned that the government will not tolerate any act of lawlessness initiated by troublemakers.

He said, "What happened yesterday is quite unfortunate and we must find quick solution to it. My duty as governor is to protect everybody doing his lawful business and paying tax in Plateau; any loss of life is a great loss to Plateau. Nobody has any right to chase anybody out of Plateau."

He also appealed to stakeholders at the meeting help the government deal with the people that are causing troubles in the state.

"Community leaders must ensure peace in their domains, I as a governor, I cannot be everywhere, you must ensure that peace reigns. Let us talk to our youth to avoid taking laws into their hands. Government will handle the situation effectively, nobody is above the law

"Our security operatives are up and doing. Anyone found wanting will face the full wrath of the law, that is why we imposed curfew.

"We will ensure maximum security measures in all parts of the state to ensure that no citizen is harmed. As I speak with you, similar meetings are ongoing in all our local government councils," he said.

With calm returning to the state capital on Friday morning, the Federal Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau,is in the state to get briefed on the crisis.

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