20 October 2020 by DORCAS GWANI.
Plateau State Governor has directed the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas with effect from 8:00 pm today Tuesday, October 20, 2020 till further notice.
Lalong who made this known while addressing citizens of the State on the ENDSARS protest and breakdown of law and order in Jos south and Jos North
He said that by this directive, all forms of protests are hereby banned in the two Local Governments.
He explained that he watched closely the protests which are normal in a democracy for citizens to air their grievances over any matter.
However, it is rather unfortunate that in the past few days, the #ENDSARS protests which began peacefully gradually degenerated to a situation where hoodlums attacked and molested innocent citizens who are going about their normal businesses.
Lalong further said that the development took a new turn today when the protests led to the destruction of property, cars and looting of business premises along the Ahmadu Bello way as well as the burning of a place of worship along Gyero Road in Bukuru.
He also said that In addition, three deaths were recorded.
He also said that Based on this he summoned an emergency Security Council Meeting to evaluate the situation and take decisive steps to stop further escalation.
Furthermore, Governor Lalong said all public and private businesses are to shutdown activities immediately while parents are strongly advised to caution their children and wards to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
According to the Governor, only those on essential services will be allowed movement to their duty posts.
He also said Security agencies have been directed to ensure that the curfew is enforced as defaulters would be arrested and prosecuted.
While the Government of
Plateau State concedes to the constitutional rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit and watch hoodlums take the law into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the entire State.
He again called on the protesters to pursue the path of constructive engagement and dialogue since the Government has started implementing their demands stressing that Plateau State cannot afford to slide back to the days of crisis which it has substantially put behind .
The Governor called for the collective effort of all citizens, security agencies and stakeholders for peaceful coexistence.