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Plateau Govt. warns residents against protests over Jos attacks

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Plateau State Government has warned residents planning to embark on demonstration across the state over attacks that claimed dozens of lives in Jos, the state capital, to shelve it immediately.

It said that the current security challenges across the state does not permit that anyone embark on any form of public procession, saying this could further cause breakdown of laws and order and possibly results to additional deaths.

The government, on Monday, noted that anyone that embarks on the proposed demonstration would be violating the ban on public procession and that security agencies have been alerted to enforce the prohibition placed on demonstration across Plateau.

Through a statement released by Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, the government urged parents to caution their children against participating in the procession on Tuesday.

The statement reads: “While Government acknowledges and respects the right of citizens to peaceful protest, it however reminds the general public that the ban on public procession by whatever guise and name is still in force particularly at this time that the State is still nursing its wounds from the recent attacks that affected some parts of the State.

“Government therefore warns the organisers of the purported protest to drop the idea in the interest of peace and security.

“Security agents have been placed on red alert to rise up to the challenge by arresting anyone who violates this directive.

“The Government also enjoins all law abiding citizens to go about their normal duties without any fear of molestation or intimidation”.

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