by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Police Command has debunked a viral message in some sections of the social media purporting that “Fulani men set 230 Igbos on fire in two luxurious buses.”
The Command hereby states categorically that there is no record of such incident anywhere in Jos, the Plateau State. It urges members of the public to disregard and stop the spread of such rumour as fake news capable of inspiring unwarranted panic, hatred, negativity, chaos and tribal conflict among the well-spirited residents of the State and Nigeria in general.
A statement was signed and issue to newsmen in Jos by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ubah Gabriel Ogaba, noting that, “The Command also enjoins members of the public 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 spreading unverified information capable of heating up the polity.
“The Command reaffirms their resolve towards the provision of adequate security within the State, and implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress to the nearest police formation.”
In a similar development, the Plateau State Government has advised members of the public to ignore a social media post purportedly showing luxurious buses on fire with the caption ‘Plateau crises and genocide worsens as 2 luxurious buses conveying Igbos down East were set on fire with 156 passengers inside,’ which is fake; as no such incident happened.
This is purely the handiwork of crises merchants and mischief makers, who want to create panic and instigate violence and fear among the people.
For the avoidance of doubt, the security situation in Plateau State is very much under control as security personnel have been deployed to all parts of Jos to enforce the 24-hour curfew still in force, as well as also ensure compliance with the dusk-to-dawn curfew in Jos South and Bassa LGAs.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong has also directed security agencies to track and fish out the purveyors of such fake information whose objective is to cause panic and crisis.
He advised the public also to desist from sharing such fake information, as it can lead to unpleasant consequences for innocent persons.