Cri­sis: Plateau Re­laxes Cur­few

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

The Plateau State gov­ern­ment has re­viewed the cur­few it im­posed on Jos north and south Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas from 10pm to 6am daily.

The state Com­mis­sioner of In­for­ma­tion, Yakubu Dati, con­firmed that the cur­few ear­lier im­posed on the two lo­cal gov­ern­ments from 6pm to 6am “has been re­viewed and is now 10pm to 6am.”

The state gov­ern­ment on Fri­day im­posed a dusk to dawn cur­few to avert fur­ther break­down of law and order fol­low­ing the vi­o­lent protest that en­sued af­ter 11 peo­ple were killed on Thurs­day night around Rukuba road.

Mean­while, calm has re­turned to Jos, Daily Trust on Sun­day gath­ered. The skir­mishes oc­curred around Rukuba road, Chobe, Katako junc­tion, Zololo junc­tion af­ter an­gry youths and women from Rukuba road started a protest that turned vi­o­lent.

The Op­er­a­tion Safe Haven Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, Ma­jor Adam Umar, told Daily Trust on Sun­day that no death was recorded in the Fri­day morn­ing skir­mishes, but our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that many peo­ple were in­jured and ve­hi­cles ei­ther de­stroyed or burnt.

How­ever, as at yes­ter­day, the cap­i­tal was calm and many peo­ple were seen go­ing about their nor­mal busi­nesses. The Com­man­der of Op­er­a­tion Safe Haven, Ma­jor Gen­eral Au­gus­tine Agundu, who called a meet­ing with youths of var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties around Jos, said the task­force will work with all youth groups to en­sure that peace is main­tained in the state. Gen­eral Agundu said, “how has it be­come so easy to kill some­one? For some youths to go about block­ing the road over what hap­pened in an­other place will not be tol­er­ated.”

“My job is to pro­tect ev­ery law abid­ing cit­i­zen in Plateau State, your job is to tell me those who are caus­ing trou­ble in the com­mu­ni­ties and I will deal with them,” he told the youth lead­ers.

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