The police in Plateau State have banned religious procession by Muslims in Jos, during Monday’s Eid El Maulud.
“The Nigeria police in Plateau state command, Jos wishes to inform members of the public and Muslim clerics and worshippers that there is a ban on the procession in the evening of 12th December, 2016 after the Eid-el-Maulud celebration,” police said in a statement signed by spokesperson, Terna Tyopev.
The statement also directed Christian and Muslim clerics to stop blocking roads leading to their worship centers within the state capital Jos.
“The commissioner of police also directs that there should be deliberate and gradual reduction in road blockage on Fridays and Sundays by Muslim and Christians during worship hours,” the statement said.
The blockades became rampant following the outbreak of crisis in Plateau State more than a decade ago, and more recently, bombing attacks by Boko Haram.
The police statement also barred the sale and use of fireworks within the state capital, Jos.
“The ban on fire-works; bangers knockouts is still in force and the command shall not hesitate to prosecute both sellers and users of these disturbing items,” it said.