PDP Fails To Stop Local Government Polls In Plateau

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A file photo of the PDP logo.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday lost its bid to stop the conduct of the local government elections in Plateau State.

This comes as a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, the state capital dismissed an application filed by the main opposition.

Justice Boloukuromo Ugo read the ruling which was supported by the other two judges on the panel – Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi and Justice Olasunbo Goodluck.

The PDP had filed an application on notice for interlocutory injunction, restraining Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission from conducting the polls for the chairmanship and councillorship seats in the state.

In the suit, it challenged its exclusion from the elections by the electoral umpire.

But the court, in a unanimous ruling, averred that granting an interlocutory injunction would be tantamount to the violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to Justice Ugo, the law states that elections must be conducted into the local government offices after the expiration of the term of elected officers.

He, thereafter, adjourned until November 22 for the hearing of the substantive appeal filed by the PDP.

The electoral commission had announced that it would conduct the elections in all the 17 local government areas of the state.

Earlier, there was palpable tension in Plateau as residents anticipated the decision of the court on the suit filed by the PDP.

Before the application was dismissed, the judges listened to arguments from counsels to the applicants and respondents in the case.

During the session which lasted several hours, the court had to stand down proceedings on three occasions.

Plateau Govt Further Relaxes Curfew In Jos North, Lifts Ban On Tricycles

A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

 

The Plateau State government has announced a further relaxation of curfew in Jos North Local Government Area.

A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Dr Makut Macham, revealed that the government has also lifted the ban earlier placed on operations of tricycle, commonly referred to as Keke, in the state.

Governor Simon Lalong, Macham hinted, gave the approval on Tuesday following a meeting of the State Security Council held at the new Government House in Jos.

“Beginning from Wednesday, 8th September 2021, the curfew in Jos North will be enforced from 10pm to 6am,” the statement said. “This will tally with the current status of the curfew in Jos South and Bassa Local Government Areas which still remains from 10pm to 6am.

“Similarly, Governor Lalong also approved that beginning from Wednesday, 8th September 2021, the ban placed on operations of tricycles will be lifted from 6am to 6pm daily. This means that no tricycle will be allowed to operate between the hours of 6pm to 6am.”

A screenshot taken on August 25, 2021, shows part of Plateau State capital, Jos on Google map.

 

The governor, however, stated that the ban on motorcycles within the Jos/Bukuru metropolis remained in place, saying enforcement would continue to ensure that violators were arrested and punished according to the law.

According to him, the government is working on innovations, legislations, and enforcement modules to enhance the security, effectiveness, and availability of public transportation in the state.

Governor Lalong explained that the modules would be unveiled in due course.

They are expected to address the major concerns of the citizens, particularly as it relates to the safety of passengers.

The governor praised the citizens for cooperation and understanding of the citizens during the period of the attacks and subsequent curfews.

He urged them to continue to support the government in restoring normalcy to enable the state to resume the normal trajectory of hospitality, opportunity, and productivity.

“Governor Lalong also thanks all stakeholders within and outside the state for their concerns and goodwill towards addressing the recent ugly developments, assuring that his administration will continue to pursue the path of peaceful coexistence while dealing with criminals and crises merchants who are bent on tarnishing the enviable image of the state,” the statement added.

Plateau Crisis: You Are Not Doing Enough, Kaze Tells Gov Lalong

 

A former member of the House of Representatives, Bitrus Kaze, has said that the Governor Simon Lalong-led administration has not done enough to change the dynamics of the conflict in Plateau State and secure properly the lives of the people.

“What has happened is largely a repeat of the things we have seen in the past,” the former lawmaker said on Monday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“People will be attacked, when they react, the actors are picked. Government comes out to condemn, condemn and condemn; sometimes, a few visits here and there in hospitals, in the villages, and end of the story. There is nothing new to me.”

 

Vote Of No Confidence

The former lawmaker who represented the people of Jos South/East Federal Constituency in the National Assembly between 2011 and 2015, argued that there is more to governance than has been offered by the present administration.

“When I say enough has not been done, I mean, how many people, how many assailants – whether herdsman or gunmen, whether marauders or miscreants; how many have the state government arrested in the last six years?

“How many assailants have the state government prosecuted and even if they have not prosecuted, how many have they made public to say that we arrested A, B, C, D in X, Y, Z places; how many?” the rather emotional lawmaker questioned.

In his view, a typical Plateau indigene would want to know why the governor seemed to have sat idle when there were killings in Bokus, Barkin Ladi, Riyom, and Irigweland areas of the state.

He wondered why victims of attacks were not previously condoled and visited in the hospital, stressing that the present administration in the state has failed to live up to its promise.

“What has happened has shown that what they have said consistently, that this government is able to restore peace, has been debunked,” the statesman resolved.

As regards a two-week ultimatum issued by the State House of Assembly to the governor, asking him to take action, Kaze said it was really surprising that such a resolution was passed.

According to him, it is outrageous that the lawmakers have to ask the governor to speak, “Take care of the victims’ bills…these things are normal.”

 

‘Enough Is Relative’

Mr Kaze’s comments are an addition to several others regarding the degenerating situation in Plateau State.

One of the houses burnt during a recent attack on Yelwa Zangam community in Plateau State.

 

Recent killings in the north-central state stirred grave concerns that things could fall apart at any moment, a sad reminder of past animosities that disrupted the peace for a bit.

In a bid to see that calm is restored, the government was forced to order a curfew in several areas, some of which have since been lifted.

According to the State’s Commissioner for Information, Dan Majang, the government is doing “everything humanly possible” to see that the hostilities are brought to an end, with the perpetrators having to pay for their deeds.

Mr Majang who was also a guest on Monday on Sunrise Daily, said claims by Mr Kaze suggesting that the government is not doing enough, is only a play to the gallery.

In his viewpoint, “enough, in this case, is relative”.

The commissioner explained that through the peace-building agency, the governor has been inter-phasing with various warring communities.

“For example, with the Irigwe people, there have been (inter-phases) for up to 85 times between January and now. Government has issued out reliefs, has done so many things… has put in structures,” Mr Manjang stated, putting up a defence for the administration.

He warned against lip service when it comes to security matters, adding that matters such as the crisis in Plateau cannot be left to a few as it is an issue for every individual in the state.

While agreeing that there may be gaps in the peace-building process, the commissioner said the government is doing its best to resolve the issues at hand, and will not do so by stereotyping or apportion blames.

Plateau Crisis: Sanwo-Olu Evacuates Three-Week Old Baby, Lagos Students From Jos

Some of the Lagos students rescued from Jos by the state government arrive Ikeja on August 27, 2021. Credit: Lagos State Govt

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo has evacuated a three-week-old baby and 69 students of the state who were stranded in Jos, Plateau State.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile, disclosed this on Friday via a statement, noting that evacuation followed emergency calls from the students who were stranded after some gunmen killed 36 people in Yelwa Zangam community in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Accompanied by security agents and government officials, the students arrived at the State Secretariat, Alausa on Friday afternoon with their belongings in a luxury bus and other vehicles after long hours of journey from the north-central state to the nation’s commercial capital.

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Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said welfare packages had been arranged for the students to return to their families safe and sound.

While thanking God that no life was lost in the incident and during the rescue operation, the governor asked them to observe COVID-19 safety protocols and not to lose touch with their studies, as they returned to Lagos.

On their part, the students commended the government for its efforts in evacuating them from the crisis-hit Jos and other parts of Plateau State currently experiencing violence and killings in the last few weeks.

They thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu and top officials of the Lagos State Government for rescuing them from what they described as the ‘war zone.’

Plateau Crisis: Kaduna, Delta Govts Evacuate Students

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

Following the tense security situation in Plateau, the Kaduna State government has evacuated its students studying at the University of Jos and other tertiary institutions within the neighbouring state.

The Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board, Rilwan Hassan, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, said the evacuation was concluded last weekend in line with the state government’s directive.

According to Mr Hassan, the move is to ensure that all students of Kaduna State are not trapped or cut in a crossfire, even as the situation tends to be further degenerating.

He explained that 87 students were evacuated on Friday last week by security agencies under the supervision of the board and have since been reunited with their families.

The scholarship board chief promised that the body would continue to remain proactive in such kind of volatile situations and assured Kaduna citizens of the commitment to securing the lives of the state’s students in Plateau and elsewhere.

In a similar vein, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has ordered the immediate evacuation of students of Delta origin from crisis troubled Jos following renewed crisis and security concerns in Plateau State.

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Student’s Affairs, Jerry Ehiwario, said that the evacuation exercise commenced on Thursday.

He commended the governor for the prompt approval for the exercise, adding that the lives of Delta students were very dear to the state.

Ehiwaro also commended the Secretary to the State Government, Patrick Ukah, for his proactiveness and prompt response to the governor’s directive.

He stated further that the government has despatched three buses with police escorts to move Delta students from the troubled zone.

“When we heard about the incident in Jos, I (Ehiwario) wrote to the governor, informing him on the need to evacuate students of Delta origin from the crisis zone,” he said.

“The governor graciously approved the evacuation which commenced today Thursday, August 26.”

Plateau Govt Re-Imposes 24-Hour Curfew On Jos North LGA

A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

 

The Plateau State government has re-imposed a 24-hour curfew on Jos North Local Government Area (LGA).

Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor Simon Lalong, Dr Makut Macham, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

Imposing curfew on the local government follows tensions sparked by the attack on Yelwa Zangam – a village in Zangam District of the state.

According to Governor Lalong, the 24-hour curfew will come into force from 4pm on August 25 until further notice.

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“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,” the statement said.

“It will also enable security agencies deploy appropriately to maintain security as the 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 4pm, 25th August 2021, as security agencies have been mandated to ensure that those who violate the curfew are arrested.”

One of the houses burnt during the attack.

 

Over 30 Killed?

Governor Lalong equally states that the 6pm to 6am curfew in Jos South and Bassa LGAs still remains in place until further notice.

Meanwhile, those on essential duties such as health personnel, journalists, fire service and paramilitary and others, have been exempted from the curfew.

Such persons were, however, asked to ensure they could provide their means of identification at all times.

“The Governor is calling for calm as he is seriously grieved by the attacks,” the statement added.

“He again sympathises with the victims but wants them to show restraint and allow the government to handle the matter to disallow hoodlums from taking advantage of the unfortunate situation to cause mayhem and destruction in the state.”

Channels Television had reported the attack on the village which left several people killed and many others injured on Tuesday night.

During a visit to the Plateau State Specialist Hospital on Wednesday where the victims were rushed to after the incident, it was discovered that no fewer than 16 bodies were moved to the morgue while others were receiving treatment.

Eyewitnesses said the corpses at the morgue do not include over 15 villagers whose bodies have yet to be evacuated after being burnt in their houses.

However, authorities have yet to give the actual figure of those who lost their lives to the incident.

Eight Killed As Police Engage Gunrunners In Plateau Village

(FILE) A police vehicle is parked at a community attacked by bandits.

 

Eight persons have been killed in a gunfight between a combined team of security operatives and gunrunners at Kwoi Village in Plateau State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ubah Ogaba, confirmed the incident and the number of those killed in a statement on Tuesday.

“On 23/08/2021 at about 1400hrs, the command received credible information about the activity of a notorious syndicate of gunrunners at Kwoi Village in Mangu LGA of the state,” he said.

“Because of the tactical operational capability and superior gunfire of the Operatives, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others fled with various degrees of bullets wounds.

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“Regrettably, one Inspector Abdulrahaman Isah who is the Commander IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) based in Mangu, and one Hassan Mohammed – a local vigilante, gallantly paid the supreme price.”

Ogaba, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, explained that on receipt of the information, the IRT based in the area, as well as operatives attached to Mangu Police Division, Special Task Force (STF), and local vigilante were mobilised and swiftly raced to the area.

He added that the hoodlums, on sighting the security team, engaged them in a gunfight but they were forced to flee the scene with gunshot injuries.

The command’s spokesman disclosed that exhibits recovered from the hoodlums include three AK 47 rifles with breach numbers 868, 106076, and 123487.

According to him, an investigation has since commenced, and efforts are being intensified to arrest other fleeing members of the syndicate.

Monday’s incident comes barely two weeks after gunmen attacked travellers along the Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

At least 25 people were confirmed killed and 23 others injured on August 14 when the victims were attacked while travelling through Jos to Ikare town in Ondo State, from Bauchi.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, who condemned the incident had warned those bent on fomenting trouble in the state to desist from such actions.

According to him, the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state. He also warned that attacks on innocent citizens will never be tolerated.

Military Orders Troops To Stop Shiites Planned Protest In Jos

File photo of IMN members during a protest.

 

The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven has ordered troops to stop members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) from protesting in any part of Plateau State.

The order was contained in a statement signed by the Military Information Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa.

“Operation Safe Haven, the joint security task force maintaining law and order in Plateau State and parts of Bauchi and Southern Kaduna has ordered troops to ensure that the planned protest by members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) or any other group does not take place in any part of Plateau State until full security is guaranteed,” the statement partly reads.

IMN had planned a nationwide protest over the health challenges of its leader Ibrahim El-Zakazky, and members of the outlawed group in Plateau scheduled their march for Friday.

However, the joint security task force said intelligence reports indicate that the planned protest will breach security in the state.

According to Major Takwa’s communique, the protest could be hijacked by hoodlums and miscreants thereby causing mayhem within the Jos metropolis.

The Force called on members of the IMN to shelve their planned protest as the operation is committed to the total restoration of peace in Plateau.

The military also said it is working with the state government, critical stakeholders such as traditional and religious leaders, and the citizens to achieve the mandate.

Plateau has been relatively peaceful until recently when brazen attacks forced a sphere of apprehension in the state, prompting Governor Simon Lalong to impose a curfew on three local government areas.

 

Over 112 Killed In Kaduna And Plateau

The recent killings in Plateau stirred great concerns not just across the country, but within the international community, even as Amnesty International revealed in a report that it has been monitoring the violence in the state.

According to Amnesty’s report, at least 112 people have been killed and about 160 kidnapped following bloody assaults in Kaduna and Plateau States within the last one month.

The rights organisation in its communique inferred that the authorities’ failure enabled a month of bloodbath within the two states.

While 78 people were killed and 160 abducted by bandits between July 3 and August 5 in Kaduna State, including 121 schoolchildren of Bethel Baptist Church High School, 34 persons lost their lives in Plateau State.

This included seven herders who were attacked on July 1 at Dogon Gaba and two others who were lynched at Fusa Village while trying to locate their missing cow.

Villagers from farming communities informed Amnesty International that innocent people and communities that know nothing about the attacks are sometimes targeted for reprisal.

Re-emphasising that the slow and ineffective response by security officials has contributed to the attacks and reprisals in Plateau, the agency urged the Nigerian government to ensure that proactive measures were taken to forestall future attacks.

It also called on the government to investigate, arrest and prosecute perpetrators.

 

Police Arrest 13 More Suspects

In a bid to restore calm and rekindle confidence, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) swung into action after the latest incident in which 25 persons were confirmed killed and 23 injured along Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The police on Monday arrested thirteen suspects, while the Head of the Police Intervention Team (PIT), DIG Sanusi Lemu, continued coordinating police investigative, operational, and peace-building responses.

Force spokesman, CP Frank Mba who disclosed this in a statement, said the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, has ordered the deployment of additional operational assets in the state as part of ongoing coordinated efforts at restoring public order in Rukuba and its environs.

A police surveillance helicopter, two units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), and two cells of Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) were also among the assets deployed to Plateau State by the police chief.

The surveillance helicopter, manned by operatives of Nigeria Police Airwing, is expected to carry out aerial surveillance and confidence-boosting patrols within the hotspots, in coordinated operations with the ground troops.

IGP Usman assured the people of Plateau that the police remained committed to working with other patriotic stakeholders towards restoring public order in the state and other parts of the country.

Police Arrest 13 More Suspects Linked To Plateau Killings

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A file photo of policemen on patrol.

 

Thirteen more suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the weekend killings in Plateau State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, confirmed this in a statement on Monday. He said 33 people have been arrested so far in connection with the incident.

He disclosed that the Head of the Police Intervention Team (PIT), DIG Sanusi Lemu, was already in Plateau coordinating police investigative, operational, and peace-building response.

Mba added that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the deployment of additional operational assets in the state as part of ongoing coordinated efforts at restoring public order in Rukuba and its environs.

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A police surveillance helicopter, two units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), and two cells of Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) were among the assets deployed to Plateau State by the police chief.

The surveillance helicopter, manned by operatives of Nigeria Police Airwing, according to Mba, is expected to carry out aerial surveillance and confidence-boosting patrols within the hotspots, in coordinated operations with the ground troops.

Baba assured the people of Plateau that the police remained committed to working with other patriotic stakeholders towards restoring public order in the state and other parts of the country.

No fewer than 25 people were confirmed killed and 23 others injured on Saturday along the Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The victims were said to have been attacked while travelling through Jos to Ikare town in Ondo State, from Bauchi.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, who condemned the incident had warned those bent on fomenting trouble in the state to desist from such actions.

According to him, the government will not allow any form of lawlessness to disrupt the peace of the state. He also warned that attacks on innocent citizens will never be tolerated.

The governor had vowed to ensure that those found culpable in the attacks would be dealt with decisively to serve as a deterrent and restore public order.

Atiku Condemns Killings In Plateau, Others

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A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the recent attack in Plateau State and killings in other parts of the country.

At least 23 travellers were confirmed killed and 23 injured along Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state on Saturday morning.

Atiku asked Nigerians to offer moral and logistic support for security operatives to face the battle and register victory, while calling on the government to scale up security.

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“It is acknowledged that the security outfits are doing their very best in the current circumstance to make all of us safe,” the ex-Vice President said via a statement issued by his spokesperson, Paul Ibe.

“However, skirmishes like this and the pain accompanying it makes us feel as though enough is not being done.”

The former Nigerian leader also commiserated with the families of the deceased, regretting that the victims met their untimely deaths in a gruesome manner.

He prayed that the Almighty Allah would heal Nigeria and accept all the souls that had been lost to those cruel acts of killings.

Plateau Attacks: 20 Suspects Arrested As IGP Deploys Operatives To Protect Citizens

A file photo of the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, addressing reporters in Abuja.

 

No fewer than 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with Saturday’s attack on Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, disclosed this via a statement issued on Sunday.

According to Mba, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, also ordered the immediate deployment of a police intervention team to the North-Central state.

The team will among other things carry out an on-the-spot assessment and ensure an enhanced, coordinated response to protect the community and boost public confidence in the affected area.

It will be led by Sanusi Lemu, the Coordinating Deputy Inspector General of Police, North-Central geo-political zone. The team also comprises personnel of the police tactical units amongst others.

“The operatives are expected to provide additional investigative, intelligence, and forensic support to the Plateau State Police Command in the ongoing investigations and rescue operations,” the statement added.

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IGP Baba while condemning the incident, called for calm and assured victims of the attack as well as their relatives that the police are working with other security forces, and the state government to ensure the masterminds of the incident are brought to book.

The move by the police followed the killing of 23 people in the area. Twenty-three others were also wounded. The victims were travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State had in the wake of the incident imposed a curfew on Jos North, Bassa, and Jos South Local Government Areas.

See the statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer below:

PRESS RELEASE

PLATEAU ATTACKS: 20 SUSPECTS ARRESTED, 33 VICTIMS RESCUED AS IGP ORDERS COORDINATED RESPONSE TO PROTECT CITIZENS.

– DIG Sanusi Lemu leads Police Intervention Team

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc has ordered the immediate deployment of Police Intervention Team to Plateau State to carry out an on-the-spot assessment and ensure enhanced, coordinated response to protect the community and boost public confidence in the affected area(s) of the State. The deployment follows the unfortunate attack on innocent citizens in Rukuba Community in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday 14th, August 2021.

The Police Intervention Team is led by DIG Sanusi N. Lemu, mni, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration who is also the coordinating DIG, North-Central geo-political zone. The Team comprises personnel of Police Tactical Units – the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Special Forces, amongst others deployed to protect the communities, prevent further attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. Also deployed are investigators and covert operatives from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) and the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB). The operatives are expected to provide additional investigative, intelligence and forensic support to the Plateau State Police Command in the ongoing investigations and rescue operations.

The IGP, while condemning the incident, has called for calm and assured victims and relatives of the attack that the Police are working with the military, other security forces and the State Government to ensure that all perpetrators of the unfortunate incident are brought to book.

Meanwhile, the IGP noted that twenty (20) suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack while thirty-three (33) victims have been rescued.

The IGP enjoined citizens in the affected area(s) to support the security forces deployed to the hotspot by providing useful information that will lead to the arrest of other perpetrators of the crime and forestall any further attack.

CP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

15th August, 2021

Plateau Attack: Gov Lalong Imposes Curfew On Three LGAs

A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

 

 

 

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has imposed a curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas following Saturday’s attack on Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

Twenty-three people – who were travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo State – were killed in the incident. Twenty-three others were injured during the attack. While the injured are receiving treatment, 26 others were rescued unhurt.

The governor, in a statement he signed on Saturday, said the curfew became necessary to avoid an escalation of tension in the affected areas.

“In order to avoid further deterioration of the situation and to protect lives and properties of citizens, I have directed the imposition of curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Governments commencing 6pm to 6am from today, 14th August 2021,” the statement partly read.

“Having reviewed the reports and monitored the unfolding scenario, the Government is concerned about the persisting tensions and reported attempts by some persons to take the laws into their hands by threatening to attack individuals and private facilities, as well as public property.”

Suspects Arrested

Governor Lalong noted that so far, 20 suspects have been arrested, with security agencies conducting investigations to get to the bottom of the matter.

He explained that the curfew shall remain in place subject to further review by the State Security Council. Lalong advised residents of the state to abide by the directive to enable security personnel to maintain law and order in the affected areas and deal with those attempting to foment trouble.

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“While I deeply sympathize with the families of those who lost their loved ones, and those injured in the unfortunate event, I call for calm and appeal to our citizens to avoid any action or utterances that will further inflame the situation.

“This is purely criminal conduct and should not be given any ethnic or religious colouration. Let us continue to be vigilant and be security conscious and do everything possible to sustain peace and security of the State,” the governor said.

‘Brazen And Wickedly’

Saturday’s attack has drawn condemnation from leaders across the country including President Muhammadu Buhari who described the incident as “brazen and wickedly”.

“With the evident preparedness of their attackers, it is clear this was a well-conceived and prearranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers not an opportunist ambush,” presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, quoted the Nigerian leader as saying.

He also ordered security agencies to immediately swing into action and fish out the perpetrators.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on his part appealed to residents of the state not to take laws into their hands following the attack on indigenes of the state.
While he assured that the situation is under control, the Ondo leader urged the people to desist from making hasty generalisations.