Jos Crisis: Lalong Restores 24-hour curfew in Jos North

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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has re-imposed a 24-hour curfew in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

There was a 24-hour curfew earlier imposed in the council area relaxed last week from dusk-to-dawn but it was later relaxed.

Explaining the decision, a statement on Wednesday by the Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Government House, Macham Makut, said the decision to reimpose the curfew which will begin by 4pm on Wednesday followed an imminent threat to lives and properties in the council area.

The statement said, “Plateau State Government has reinstated the 24-hour curfew earlier relaxed in Jos North Local Government Area following growing tensions arising from the attack on Yelwa Zangam village of the Local Government where people were killed and properties destroyed.

“According to Governor Simon Lalong, the 24 hours will come into force from 4 pm, today Wednesday 25th August 2021 until further notice.

“The proactive decision became necessary following imminent threat to lives and properties within the Local Government Area and the need to forestall the breakdown of law and order. It will also enable security agencies to deploy appropriately to maintain security as the search for the attackers of the villagers continues.”

The Governor appealed to the citizens of Jos North to cooperate with the Government by abiding to the 24-hour curfew, saying security agencies have been mandated to ensure that those who violate the curfew are arrested.

The statement added, “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.

“The Governor is calling for calm as he is seriously grieved by the attacks. He again sympathises with the victims, but wants them 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.”

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