The Police Command of Plateau State has initiated a peace meeting between two Muslim groups in the state following tension over Eid-Maulud celebration, which one of the groups does not believe in.
According Mr. Chris Olakpe, the Commissioner of Police in the State, they decided to intervene following security reports of plans by one of the groups to disrupt the procession usually held to commemorate the occasion which might have resulted in a clash of the two groups.
The representatives of Nigeria Police Force, the Derika and the Izala groups met on January 13, 2014, Monday.
In the course of discussion the police suggested that point that the belief in whether or not the birthday of the Prophet should be celebrated should not be allowed to threaten the peace describing the Maulud as a global event which should be celebrated peacefully.
However, a spokesman of the Izala group, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammad, accused the Derika group of deliberate provocative acts, such as placing posters and decoration around the group’s (Izala) mosque and the house of their spiritual leader when aware that it did not like it.
He said although the group does not believe in the celebrations it had never had any problem with other Muslims that have been doing so over many years but for the deliberate acts of probation made by the Derika group.
Responding to the allegation, the Deika group admitted that there might be trouble makers trying to create disaffection between the two groups adding that the Izala had never disrupted the celebration which he said had been on for 43 years.
The representative said his group had reached out to the Izala to forestall any trouble but appealed that adequate security be deployed to check would be trouble makers.