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Nigeria: Violence

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Nigeria on action against the perpetrators of the violence which took place in Jos between 28 and 30 November 2008; and if he will make a statement. (243159)

Following the rioting in Jos on 28-30 November 2008, the Government have had discussions with the Nigerian authorities, both at local and at ministerial level, and will continue to monitor the situation carefully. 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 violence.