Plateau State Police Command has described reports that unidentified persons have killed 230 Igbo people in Jos as fake news.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Ubah Ogaba, dismissed the report in a statement in Jos.
According to him, the social media has been awash with reports that a luxury bus conveying commuters of Igbo extraction was set ablaze, killing 230 passengers, in Jos.
However, Ogaba described the report as malicious and an attempt by mischief makers to stir up conflicts in the state and the country at large.
He, therefore, appealed to the public to disregard the fake news and go about their lawful businesses.
“We urge members of the public to disregard and stop the spread of such fake news capable of inspiring unwarranted panic, hatred, negativity, chaos and tribal conflict among the well-spirited residents of Plateau and Nigeria in general.
“We enjoin all citizens 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.
“On this note, we wish to reaffirm our resolve towards the provision of adequate security within the state and even beyond.” ASP Ubah Ogaba added
The Police Public Relations Officer urged residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress to the nearest police formation for prompt response.