Nigerian security forces have imposed a nightly curfew from 22:00 to 06:00 (local time) in Jos North and Jos South local government areas (Plateau state) after unidentified gunmen killed at least nine people in the Rukuba area on the night of Thursday, September 27. Violent protests were reportedly held in Jos on Friday, September 28, after the killings; gunshots were also reported in Jos on Sunday, September 30, amid the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries held across Plateau state. On the afternoon of Monday, October 1, suspected herdsmen reportedly attempted to break into a hostel at the University of Jos, killing one student.
A heightened security presence and business and public service disruptions are to be expected in Jos amid the elevated tensions and curfew, the end date of which has not been announced. Despite the curfew, additional incidents of violent unrest are possible in the coming days.
Ethnic and sectarian clashes are common in Nigeria. Central Nigeria and adjacent areas have become the scene of almost daily clashes between farmers and the largely nomadic herders in a battle for land and resources. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom recently reported that murder rates linked to ethnic violence in Nigeria are higher than those related to terrorism - also a major security concern in the country.
Individuals in Plateau state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, postpone nonessential travel to the Jos area, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and home governments.
In general, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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