Cur­few im­posed on Jos af­ter skir­mishes

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Gov­er­nor Si­mon La­long of Plateau State yes­ter­day im­posed a dusk to dawn cur­few on Jos North and Jos South LGAs of the state af­ter the killing of 11 per­sons around Rukuba Road Thurs­day night sparked a reprisal yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The reprisal led to skir­mishes around Jos, caus­ing a break­down of law and order around flash­point ar­eas such as Chobe, Katako junc­tion, An­guwan rukuba, Tina junc­tion and Zololo junc­tion. Many passers-by were at­tacked while ve­hi­cles were smashed and burnt around the city.

A state­ment im­pos­ing cur­few which was signed by the Act­ing Sec­re­tary to the State Gov­ern­ment, Sir Richard Tokma, said La­long ap­proved the im­po­si­tion of cur­few from 6am to 6pm in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

Op­er­a­tion Safe Haven Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, Ma­jor Adam Umar said 11 per­sons were killed on Thurs­day night but no per­son was killed yes­ter­day. The Se­na­tor rep­re­sent­ing Plateau North Se­na­to­rial District and former gov­er­nor of the state, Jonah David Jang, has called on Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and Gov­er­nor Si­mon La­long to re­sign from of­fice fol­low­ing the killing of 11 per­sons which sparked riot Mem­bers of the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC) seemed di­vided over pres­i­den­tial pri­mary in Bauchi State yes­ter­day.

The direc­tive by the na­tional head­quar­ters of the party that a di­rect pri­mary elec­tion should be con­ducted in the state left the party di­vided in the state.

The state chap­ter of the party had ear­lier de­cided that an in­di­rect pri­mary Ab­duc­tors of the 12 crew mem­bers on-board a Swiss cargo ship re­cently hi­jacked off the coast of Port Har­court are de­mand­ing a yet undis­closed amount as ran­som for their re­lease.

A naval source close to in Jos yes­ter­day.

Jang, a pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant un­der the PDP while con­demn­ing the at­tack on Thurs­day night said it had be­come “dan­ger­ous to trust the Com­man­der-inChief with our se­cu­rity.”

He called on youths and peo­ple of Plateau State to be law abid­ing but to also rise up to de­fend them­selves elec­tion and later adopted Gov­er­nor Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lahi Abubakar as the sole can­di­date of the party, a move re­jected by the three other as­pi­rants of the party. Af­ter much de­lay, our re­porter who went round some of the wards in Bauchi me­trop­o­lis ob­served that there was no elec­tion tak­ing place.

Fur­ther find­ings at the INEC of­fice re­vealed that a team which went out to mon­i­tor the process did not the res­cue team de­ployed in search of the vic­tims told

that the amount de­manded was higher than N500 mil­lion.

Those ab­ducted are from the Philip­pines, Slove­nia, Ukraine, Ro­ma­nia, Croa­tia, and Bos­nia. The source also within the perime­ters of the law.

The se­na­tor in a state­ment signed by his Me­dia Con­sul­tant, Clin­ton Garuba said the re­cent surge in killings was a damn­ing ap­praisal of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment un­der Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and the gov­er­nor of Plateau State.

…Jang asks Buhari, La­long to re­sign Ex­er­cise holds only in Bauchi gov’s ward

wit­ness any ac­tiv­ity in any of the wards.

An INEC staffer who was part of the mon­i­tor­ing team said they did not wit­ness any elec­tion.

Gov­er­nor Mo­hammed Abubakar vis­ited his Makama Sarkin Baki Ward at around 5:30pm where he af­firmed Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari for sec­ond term. Apart from the gov­er­nor’s ward, there was no other ward in the me­trop­o­lis where the pri­mary was held.

Kid­nap­pers of ship crew de­mand ran­som

said the kid­nap­pers had vowed to kill them one af­ter the other if their de­mands were not met.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the sus­pects have opened up chan­nel of ne­go­ti­a­tion with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, but could not say how far it had gone as at Thurs­day.

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