Curfew In Plateau State Amid Unrest

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Gov. Lalong

A curfew has been imposed by Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong, from 6pm to 6am in Bassa, Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Lalong said this is to curb further breakdown of security breach in the affected local government areas where travellers were reported to have been murdered on Saturday.

According to a statement the Governor personally issued on Saturday night, he said the conclusion was reached after following a briefing with heads of security agencies.

Lalong said: “Sequel to the unfortunate breach of peace along Rukuba road, Jos North LGA on 14th August 2021, where a convoy of commuters was attacked leading to killing of innocent persons, I have received briefings on the situation from the relevant heads of security agencies.

 

“The reports indicate that 23 of those attacked lost their lives while 23 persons sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment. 26 others were rescued unhurt. So far, 20 suspects have been arrested and the security agencies are conducting investigations to get to the bottom of the matter.”

According to him, having assessed the reports and unfolding events, the government is worried about the persisting tensions and reported attempts by some persons to take the laws into their hands by threatening to attack individuals and private facilities, as well as
public property.

“In order to avoid further deterioration of the situation and to protect lives and property of citizens, I have directed the imposition of curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Governments commencing 6pm to 6am from today, 14th August 2021.

 

“The curfew shall remain in place subject to further review by the State Security Council,” Lalong said.

The Governor charged all citizens to stand by the directive to help security personnel maintain law and order in the affected areas and deal with those attempting to foment trouble by taking advantage of the situation to perpetrate crime.

Lalong said the government will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and take further necessary measures to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Gov. Simon Lalong

“While I deeply sympathise with the families of those who lost their loved ones, and those injured in the unfortunate event, I call for calm and appeal to our citizens to avoid any action or utterances that will further inflame the situation.

“This is purely a criminal conduct and should not be given any ethnic or religious colouration,” he said.

 

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