The Nigerian Police Force says it has seized control of the earlier troubled areas in Jos the Plateau state capital.

The Plateau state Police Public Relations Office, Matthias Terna in a telephone interview, the PPRO said the Force's state Command mobilized its men to the areas facing apprehension on getting the reports.

He explained that the apprehension in the city's Terminus area was caused by misinformation on the decision by Igbo traders to stay at home.

"The rumours about some planned attacks on Igbo's in retaliation to the Abia clashes have been on since yesterday.

"Some of the traders around Katako therefore decided to stay at home," he said.

The widespread locking of shops, the Police Public Relations Officer said caused the apprehension until the police explained to those concerned.

He said, "When we got there, we explained the situation to those concerned and they now understood."

Clashes had been rumoured to have erupted between yet to be identified groups in Central Nigeria's Jos the Plateau State capital.

The clashes which were rumoured to have broken out in the evening of Thursday around the city's Katako area had thrown the northern part of the city in palpable confusion.

Sources in the Terminus area of the town said people had been running for safety since the rumours broke out.

Traffic was said to be tight as motorists struggled to flee the area.

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