The International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC says that up to 18,000 people are homeless after days of sectarian violence in Jos the capital of Plateau state.
People have been sheltering in colleges, hospitals and schools since clashes began on Sunday, at the Red Cross estimates that more than 460 people in and around Jos have been killed.
Authorities have
relaxed a 24-hour curfew in the city to allow thousands of residents whose houses have not been destroyed to return home.
The strong presence of troops and police has helped restore calm in the capital of Plateau state, with no reports of major violence for nearly 24 hours.
ICRC's Rob Waudo says that since the military came in, the situation has been calm and has allowed the Red Cross to survey immediate needs.
Another agency spokesman says about 990 people have been hospitalized.
However, religious leaders have undertaken a mass burial following four days of sectarian violence which has left over 500 people dead in Jos, the capital of Plateau state.
Mosque officials have estimated the number of dead Muslims since Sunday to be about 400.
However official government figures are significantly lower at 75 dead, more than 200 injured and 200 arrested.

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Comment by Mwakuk Jang on January 27, 2010 at 11:46am
The attack on the people of Jos has always gone unpunished by the powers-that-be. Just this morning, the Attorney-General of Plateau State said the suspects that were arrested had their files moved to Police Headquarters in Abuja. Ditto when 26 mercinaries were arrested in Jos. Why not try these people and punish those responsible to save the people of trauma and unnecessary and avoidable arson, killings and wanton destruction of properties? The State Police Commissioner has been recalled to Abuja when me made a frank comment about those responsible for the crisis. Which way Nigeria?
Comment by chichi uzo-onuoha on January 24, 2010 at 7:27pm
How religious can we not be ,these religious crisis has to stop. The federal government should put their house in order and find a lasting solution to all these nonsense. Enough is enough!
This in fact is the price you pay when the center has a gapping h***. NIGERIA GO SURVIVE!!!!!
Comment by Hamilton Odunze on January 23, 2010 at 1:37pm
while a natural disaster like earthquake is the cause of mass burials in Haiti, people are the cause of mass burials in Nigeria. How ironic we are our own natural disaster in more ways than one

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