The Police authority in Plateau State has warned Muslims in Jos, the Plateau state capital, to avoid observing their Eid-el-Fitr (end of Ramadan) prayers at the Rukuba Road praying ground on Sunday.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni, who made the appeal at a meeting with Muslim and Christian leaders in Plateau on Monday, said the move was aimed at avoiding a repeat of last year’s incident when some members of the Izalla Muslim group clashed with their Christian counterparts at the praying ground.
No fewer than 10 people were killed and several cars burnt in the clash.
The police boss appealed to the Muslims to avoid worshiping at Rukuba Road this Sallah, saying “I am passionately appealing that worshippers should avoid that place for now pending when the controversy surrounding that site is resolved.”
The Commander of the Special Task Force on Jos crisis, Major-General Henry Ayoola, who was at the meeting, also appealed to Muslims for understanding.
Represented by Umaru Miringa, Ayoola state that, “if a place is under litigation, the wise thing is to avoid using the place until it is resolved. The state government is already making efforts for alternative place of worship for the Izalla group pending when the issue is resolved.”
Ethno-religious violence has claimed tens of lives in the crisis-prone state since 2001.