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Jos on Fire

Posted by By Sunday Orinya /Jos on 2008/12/01 | Views: 1549 |

Jos on Fire


Jos, the Plateau state capital, was set on fire early this morning, by irate youths protesting the outcome of the local government elections held yesterday.

Jos, the Plateau state capital, was set on fire early this morning, by irate youths protesting the outcome of the local government elections held yesterday.

Many people have been killed in the uprising, but causality figure was not known as at press time. Mosques, churches, residential and commercial buildings were also razed by the rioters. The areas most affected by the uprising are Gada Biu, Tudun Wada, and Katakwo.

The fight is between the birom, mainly christians, and the hausa muslims. The crisis, P.M. News learnt, broke out when some muslim youths, this morning, allegedly set ablaze St. Theresa’s Church, on Ahmadu Bello Way, maimed people, made bonfires and roadblocks.

The election for the chairmanship seat of the Jos North Local Government Area, was, yesterday, held between Timothy Buba of the PDP and Aminu Baba of the ANPP. It was in anticipation of the release of the result of the election that fighting broke out between the opposing muslim and christians.

The PDP candidate is a christian, while Aminu Baba is a muslim. The Jos North LGA has become the most volatile political area in Plateau state of recent, due to the high population of hausa and indigenous birom people fighting for political supremacy. Meanwhile, anti-riot police men and soldiers have been drafted there to restore order.

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Fay(Katy, Texas, US)says...

Actually translates to bravehearted.