Plateau State Government has reimposed the relaxed 24-hour curfew in Jos North Local Government Area of the state, following growing tensions over the killing of no fewer than 35 persons in an attack on Yelwa Zangam village.
According to Governor Simon Lalong, the curfew will come into force from 4 pm on Wednesday until further notice.
In a statement by his spokesman, Dr. Makut Simon Macham said: “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 Governor has appealed to the citizens of Jos North to cooperate with the Government by abiding by the 24-hour curfew commencing 4 pm, 25th August 2021, as security agencies have been mandated to ensure that those who violate the curfew are arrested.
“Also, the 6pm to 6am 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 paramilitary 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.”