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BREAKING: Gov Lalong Imposes 24 Hours Curfew In Jos North, Jos South...

 Breaking - Gov Lalong imposes 24 hours curfew in Jos North ,Jos south 


October 20,2020



By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 


Plateau state Governor on Tuesday directed the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas with effect from 8:00 pm today Tuesday, October 20, 2020 till further notice. 



Lalong  who made this known  while addressing  citizens of the state on  the END SARS protest and breakdownof law and order in Jos south and Jos North 




He said that  by this directive, all forms of protests are hereby banned in the two Local Governments Areas of Jos North and Jos South.


In his words " Government has watched closely these protests which are normal in a democracy that guarantees the rights of citizens to ventilate their grievances over any matter."

" However, it is rather unfortunate that in the past few days, the #ENDSARS protests which began as peacefully have gradually degenerated to the situation where hoodlums have attacked and molested innocent citizens who are going about their normal businesses."



Lalong  further said that "This development took a new turn on Tuesday 20th October 2020 when the protests led to the destruction of properties, cars and looting of business premises along the Ahmadu Bello way as well as the burning of a place of worship along Gyero Road in Bukuru. In addition, three deaths have been recorded."


He also said that "Based on this scenario, I summoned an emergency Security Council Meeting to evaluate the situation and take decisive actions to stop further escalation. "

"Having received briefing from security agencies and after a careful assessment of the situation, Government is left with no choice than to impose a curfew to stop further loss of lives and properties.

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"Furthermore, all public and private businesses are to shutdown activities immediately while parents are strongly advised to rein in their children, youth and wards to forestall further breakdown of law and order. Only those on essential services will be allowed to move around to their duty posts.


" Security agencies have been directed to ensure that the curfew is enforced as defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted. "

While the Government of Plateau State concedes to the constitutional rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit and watch hoodlums take the law into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the entire State.


"I wish to reiterate the resolve of our administration in working assiduously to maintain the peace that the people of the State have laboured hard to build over the years. "


He  again call on the protesters to pursue the path of constructive engagement and dialogue since the Government has started implementing their demands stressing that Plateau State cannot afford to slide back to the days of crisis which we have substantially put behind us thanks to the collective efforts of all citizens, security agencies and relevant stakeholders.

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