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Nigeria: Violence

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the security situation in the Nigerian city of Jos following the clashes between Muslims and Christians between 29 and 30 November 2008; and what discussions he has had with the Government of Nigeria on this matter. (242808)

Following the rioting on 28-30 November 2008, the situation in Jos, Plateau State, remains tense. The Government of Nigeria has taken various measures, including a temporary curfew, to avoid further violence. The Nigerian Inter-Religious Council has held a meeting in Jos under the chairmanship of the Sultan of Sokoto and Catholic Archbishop John Onaiyekan to help prevent future outbreaks. The Government has had discussions with the Nigerian authorities, both at local and at ministerial level, and will continue to monitor the situation carefully. We will continue to review and update our travel advice to reflect the situation on the ground.