Nigerian Army warns against planned protest in Jos over killing of 22 Muslims

August 17, 2021
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The Nigerian Army on Tuesday warned Muslims community and those calling for protest in Jos over the killing of 22 Muslims travellers in Jos on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

Recall that there has been a message circulating on social media, calling on Muslims to embark on protest over the killing of 22 Muslims travellers in Jos.

Reacting on Tuesday,. Major Ishaku Takwa Military Information Officer, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) said, “The attention of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) has been drawn to a message circulating on social media calling on Muslim youths to embark on peaceful protest slated for tomorrow, Wednesday 18 August 2021.

According to him, “The message purportedly stated that the demonstration is expected to commence from Massallacin Jumaa Yan Dankali to Plateau State House of Assembly Complex.”

He said, OPSH is sending a strong warning to those planning this demonstration (if it is true) and the originator of the message to have a rethink, adding that, the 24 hours curfew imposed by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Plateau State Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong on Jos North local government and 12 hour curfew on Jos South and Bassa Local government area is still in place and we are fully deployed to ensure its enforcement.

“While, OPSH will not want to join issues with the organizers of the planned protest, it is instructive to state that in view of the fragile nature of peace on the Plateau this protest is unnecessary and uncalled for.”

The statement further added that, the army is aware that Muslim clerics and leaders have distanced themselves from the planned message circulated and not in support of the peaceful demonstration, adding that, OPSH will not allow any body or group to breach the fragile peace in Jos metropolis.

It warned that, any body found acting contrary to the law will be dealt with.

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