By Tognaan Dada Bawa in Jos
The governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong has described as fake, a report that two luxurious buses have been set ablaze in Jos.
In a statement signed by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, his Director of Press and Public Affairs on Saturday, Lalong called on 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”.
According to the governor, the post was fake, as no such incident happened, saying ” this is purely the handiwork of crises merchants and mischief makers who want to create panic and instigate violence and fear among the people.”
Lalong explained that “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 Local Government areas.
The Governor said he had directed security agencies to track and fish out the purveyors of such fake information whose objective is to cause panic and crisis.
“The public is also advised to desist from sharing such fake information as it can lead to unpleasant consequences for innocent persons,” part of the statement reads.