Following an encounter that erupted between soldiers and the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) that led to tension and subsequent imposition of dusk to dawn curfew in Jos, the Plateau state capital, the Commandant, Depot, Nigeria Army, Zaria, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezegwu, has advised the public not to panic at the sight of increased movement of troops and other security agents. Th is was contained in a statement issued by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Depot, Nigeria Army, Zaria, Captain Haruna Mohammed Sani.
Th e statement read in part: “Sequel to the unfortunate development in the Southern Part of the Country where the Nigerian Military had some misunderstanding with the independent People of Biafra (IPOB) which led to tension and subsequent imposition of dusk to dawn curfew in Jos, Plateau state.
” Th e statement stated that the measure taken was aimed at safeguarding the lives and property of the people “and to avert any occurrence of such incident that could jeopardise public order and peaceful coexistence.” It added that combined security would be on normal patrol to ensure activities in the area go well without any interruption.
“Th e peace loving people of Zazzau are, therefore, enjoined to maintain the tolerance and hospitable culture they are known with for decades as Nigerian Army is ready to play its traditional supportive role to civil authority when called upon in order to safeguard lives and property.” According to the statement, the following telephone numbers, 09099619417/08036420030, are available for any security threatened information.