In the wake of the killings that took place on Saturday morning at Rukuba road area of Jos North LGA of Plateau State, the state government has imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am in Jos North, Bassa and Jos South LGAs of the State.
No fewer than 22 persons lost their lives while about 23 sustained injuries following an attack on travellers Saturday.
It is understood that 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack as security agencies continue investigations to get to the bottom of the matter.
Reacting Saturday night, Governor Simon Lalong said, “Sequel to the unfortunate breach of peace along Rukuba road, Jos North LGA on 14th August 2021, where a convoy of commuters was attacked, leading to killing of innocent persons, I have received briefings on the situation from the relevant heads of security agencies.
“Having reviewed the reports and monitored the unfolding scenario, 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.
“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 14th August, 2021.
“The curfew shall remain in place subject to further review by the State Security Council”, he maintained.
The Governor urged citizens to abide by the directive to enable security personnel maintain law and order in the affected areas and deal with those attempting to foment trouble by taking advantage of the situation to perpetrate crime.
Lalong further stated that, Government will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and take further necessary measures to ensure the safety of “lives and properties”.
“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,” he stated, adding that it was a “criminal conduct and should not be given any ethnic or religious colouration”.
He urged citizens to continue to be vigilant and be security conscious, and do everything possible to sustain the peace and security in the State.