Protesters in Jos, the capital of Plateau state, shut down streets and businesses on Tuesday, October 9. The demonstration was organized by a group of clergymen who are calling for the arrest of the owner of a mining pond where the vehicle of a missing retired general was found recently, along with the former governor of Plateau. The protesters also called for an end to killings in the region. Meanwhile, legal and journalism groups have highlighted indiscriminate arrests and detentions related to the investigation of General Idris Alkali, who went missing on September 26 in the area.
Violence in the Middle Belt states, including Plateau, has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people and displacement of hundreds of thousands in recent years. The conflict is primarily driven by competition of resources and legal legitimacy between herdsmen and farmers and incorporates ethnic and religious grievances, leading to continuous attacks and reprisals.
Individuals in Jos and Plateau state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid public gatherings and protests, and adhere to instructions issued by local 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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