Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has order imposition of curfew on three local governments in the state following a recent attack on innocent Muslims travellers by yet-to-be identified persons.
The three affected local government are Jos North, Bassa and Jos South.
Governor Lalong while briefing newsmen on the attack that claimed over 20 lives and several others injured, said the curfew was aimed at calming the situation.
He said reports had indicated that 23 persons have lost their lives while 23 others sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment.
Lalong added that 26 others were rescued unhurt, noting that so far, 20 suspects have been arrested and the security agencies are conducting investigations to get to the bottom of the matter.
The governor said: “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 today, 14th August 2021.
“The curfew shall remain in place subject to further review by the State Security Council. All citizens are therefore directed 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.
“The 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.
“This is purely a 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 n peace and security of the State.”