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Plateau Unrest: Gov Lalong relaxes 24-hour curfew in Jos

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has relaxed the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed in Jos North Local Government to a dusk to dawn curfew.

Lalong disclosed this during a statewide broadcast to citizens on Monday morning, calling on residents to remain calm and embrace peace.

According to him, “Under the new arrangement, the curfew will be observed from 6 pm to 6 am daily beginning from Monday, 30th August, 2021.

“Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas will now observe their curfew from 10 pm to 6 am until further notice.”

He, however, warned trouble makers to desist from threatening lives and property or be ready to face the wrath of government, saying security forces have been directed to deal with anyone causing breach of the peace.

The governor decried the desperation of criminals whom he said, were bent on causing mayhem in the State, saying that, “in spite of efforts to address insecurity in the State, there are still isolated attacks in some areas of Jos North and Bassa local government areas during the curfew.”

He said that with the review of the curfew in Jos North, security agencies would mount permanent checkpoints in highly vulnerable areas and deploy more uniform and plain cloth personnel to maintain the peace.

Governor Lalong added that his administration was in talks with the management of the University of Jos to ensure safety of students when the school reopens, noting that similar talks are ongoing for NYSC members deployed to the state.

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