August 2, 2021

Plateau lifts curfew; directs increased security patrols, arrest of “looters”

Governor Lalong imposed curfew on Saturday in Jos after lifting an earlier curfew on Friday, following looting and vandalization of public stores in the city

Government in Plateau State has relaxed the 24hr curfew imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas last Saturday.

The decision follows recommendations from the Plateau State Security Council, a statement issued by the Director of Press to Governor Simon Lalong, Mr. Makut Macham says.

The curfew is now to run from 12midnight to 6am beginning Wednesday October 28, 2020, the statement says.

Security agencies have however been directed to carry out effective patrols and arrest anyone caught in looting, arson, vandalism and threat to lives and property in the State, it says.

According to the statement on Tuesday, “Based on the assessment of the security situation in Plateau State and upon the recommendation of the Plateau State Security Council, the Executive Governor of Plateau State Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong has approved the relaxation of the curfew imposed in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas with effect from Wednesday 28th October 2020.

“By this directive, the curfew is hereby relaxed to commence from 6am to 12 midnight beginning from Wednesday 28th October untill further notice. No movement will be allowed between the hours if 12 midnight to 6am.

“Citizens are advised to go about their lawful businesses without any fear as security agencies have been directed to ensure effective patrols and surveillance to protect lives and property.

“They have equally been directed to identify and arrest any individual or group of persons that engage in any acts of criminality including looting, arson, vandalism and threat to lives and property in the State.

“The Governor after going round areas affected by the recent wanton acts of vandalism, arson and destruction in company of the Plateau State National Assembly Caucus, expresses deep sadness over the level of destruction of both public and private properties and the magnitude of loss recorded.

“While appealing to the youths to desist from such disgraceful acts, he warns that those cought engaging in such activities will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”