There were heavy security deployment across major towns in Niger State to forestall any reprisal following information that northerners were been attacked by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members in the Eastern part of the country
Our correspondent observed truckloads of military, police, men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) and personnel of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), following news of alleged skirmishes in Tunga area of Minna metropolis.
Hoodlums allegedly attempted to break into shops when the rumours of attack on northern in the East circulated through social media before quick security intervention.
The state government also issued a statement warning troublemakers against any attempt to breach the peace and tranquillity in Niger State, insisting that state is for all Nigerians.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said the unfortunate security challenges in the South-East fuelled by hate speeches, violent agitations, rumours and sentiments on social media, should not be basis for any attempt at reprisal attack on innocent citizens.
Despite the governor’s tense warning and assurances, Daily Trust gathered that most Igbos in Minna and Suleja closed for business, even as security personnel maintained presence in strategic locations.