By Favour Goodness
Following renewed killings in Jos on Saturday, Plateau State government has imposed a 12-hour curfew on Jos, from 6pm to 6am.
A statement signed by Governor Simon Lalong reads: “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 injury 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.
“Having reviewed the reports and monitored the unfolding scenario, Government is concerned 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 properties 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.
“All citizens are therefore directed to abide by the directive to enable 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.”
The statement added that Government will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and take further necessary measures to ensure the safety of lives and properties.
While calling for calm, the governor sympathised with the families of those that lost their loved ones, and those injured in the violence.
He reiterated that the violence was purely a criminal conduct and should not be given any ethnic or religious colouration.