The Plateau State government has relaxed the 24 hour curfew it imposed on Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas.
According to the state government, movement is now restricted between 6am to 8pm from Friday October 23, 2020.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Professor Danladi A. Atu.
Atu explained that the curfew was relaxed following the recommendations that came from a high level stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong on Wednesday.
“Following resolutions reached at a high level stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, one of which is the need for stakeholders to immediately engage their communities across the state in a systematic Peace dialogues aimed at de-escalating tension, the Government has decided to relax the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas from 6am to 8pm as from Friday October 23, 2020 until further notice.
“This decision was reached after painstaking deliberations with critical stakeholders and careful assessment of the security situation that led to the skirmishes in some parts of the affected local government areas, last Tuesday.”
However, Atu stated that protests in whatever guise have been banned by the state government to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost.
“Please note that the government is not unmindful of citizens’ Constitutional Rights to hold lawful assembly or stage peaceful protests as long as these are carried out within the extant laws of Nigeria. As a Government, we also appreciate the fact that these are the variables that further deepen our democracy.
“However, as a deliberate approach to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost, the Government has for now also resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state. This is to enable the Government isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State,” he said.
He urged all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation as government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure the maintenance of law and order across the state.
Atu therefore called on all citizens to avoid any action that is inimical to the overall development of the state especially those that threaten the peace and unity of our people.