From Pwanagba Aga, Jos
The 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 scores were killed, many injured and properties destroyed.
This was contained in press statement issue by the Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, made available to journalists in Jos.
It reads: “the 24 hour will come into force from 4pm, today Wednesday 25th August 2021 until further notice.
It added that, “The proactive decision became necessary following eminent 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 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 commencing 4pm, 25th August 2021, as security agencies have been mandated to ensure that those who violate the curfew are arrested.
Also, the 6pm to 6am curfew in Jos South and Bassa LGAs still remains in place until further notice.
He explained that, “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 calls for calm, adding that 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.