Following the imminent threat to lives and properties in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, Governor Simon Lalong has re-imposed a 24-hour curfew which will begin by 4 pm on Wednesday. 

According to a statement by the Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Government House, Macham Makut, the decision is necessary to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

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 they search for the attackers of the villagers continues.”

The statement further said, “Also, the 6 pm to 6 am 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 sympathizes 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,’’ the statement added.