The Plateau State Government has re-imposed 24 hours curfew on communities across Jos North Local Government, following growing tensions that arose from the attack on Yelwa Zangam village where dozens of villagers were killed and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed.
It said that the 24 hours restriction on movements across the Local Government was to forestall further breakdown of law and order, particularly to prevent additional death after the murder of over 20 people in the state.
The State Governor, Simon Lalong, who announced the measures, stated that the 24 hours curfew would come into force from 4 pm on Wednesday, 25th August 2021 and that it would be relaxed when normalcy returns.
Speaking further on the curfew imposed on the council, Lalong stressed that the measure would enable security agencies deploy appropriate measures that could help maintain security as the search for the attackers of the villagers continues.
The governor, through a statement by Director of Press & Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham, appealed to the citizens of Jos North to cooperate with the Government by abiding with the 24-hour curfew, as security agencies have been mandated to ensure that those who violate the curfew were arrested.
“Also, the 6pm to 6am curfew in Jos South and Bassa LGAs still remains in place until further notice. Only people on essential duties such as health personnel, journalists, fire service and para-military and others, are to be exempted from the curfew but should carry means of identification with them at all times”, he added.
The Governor, meanwhile, urged the residents to remain calm and allow security agencies complete their operations, just as he sympathised with the victims of the attacks within the council.
According to him, I want you to show restraint and allow Government to handle the matter to disallow hoodlums from taking advantage of the unfortunate situation to cause mayhem and destruction in the State.