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Plateau govt re-imposes 24-hour curfew following fresh killings

Yelwa Zangam community was attacked by gunmen on Tuesday night.

• August 25, 2021
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

The Plateau government has re-imposed the 24-hour curfew on Jos North Local Government Area, following growing tensions arising from fresh attacks in Yelwa Zangam community in the area.

Yelwa Zangam community was attacked by gunmen on Tuesday night, where people were killed and properties destroyed, NAN reports.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by state governor Simon Lalong’s spokesman, Makut Macham, the 24-hour curfew would take effect from 4:00 p.m. on August 25 until further notice.

He said the proactive decision became necessary following imminent threat to lives and property within the local government area and the need to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

Mr Lalong said the decision was also to enable security agencies to appropriately control the situation, as the search for the attackers of the villagers continued.

He appealed to the residents of Jos North to cooperate with the government by complying with the 24-hour curfew, as defaulters would be arrested.

The governor said that the 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew on Jos South and Bassa Local Government Areas remained in force until further notice, adding that only people on essential duties were exempted from the curfew.

He sympathised with the victims of the attacks and appealed to them to show restraint and allow the government to handle the matter.

Mr Lalong further said the action was also to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the unfortunate situation to cause mayhem and destruction in the state.

The state government had on August 15 imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Jos North Local Government Area following the killing of at least 22 travellers passing through the area by hoodlums, but relaxed it to 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on August 18.

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