Opinion: News of Igbos burnt alive in Jos was deliberately spread to cause ethnic clash in Nigeria
In a broadcast that was shared on WhatsApp on Saturday and Sunday whereby, the pictures of two luxurious buses were seen already burnt, as it claimed that some fulani militias waylaid the luxurious buses and burnt close to 230 Igbos alive inside them.
The broadcast also advised all igbos to residing in Jos to stay low and remain in their house, pending the time they will be evacuated from the state.
Taking a look at the broadcast and the pictures that were shared, it was made known that the incident happened in Zimbabwe in 2017, as the luxurious buses that were affected were traveling to South Africa, when one of them collided with a fully loaded tanker and caught fire, as 20 persons were burnt to death in the incident.
In my own opinion, the Nigerian security operatives should track down and arrest the person or group of persons responsible for spreading such misleading and fake news because, their motive is to divide Nigeria and cause panic.
No doubt, the purpose for the spread of this fake news is to cause problems between the Fulani and Igbo tribes in Nigeria, particularly in Plateau State, so that there will be unrest in the state and so that the violence and brutal killings can continue.
In order to get to the root of the matter, police should track the source of the broadcast and arrest the person(s) involved in it.