Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has declared an indefinite dusk to dawn curfew on Jos, the state capital, following tension brought about by the crisis in Abia state, south east Nigeria.
The Governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from 6pm – 6am within the Greater Jos – Bukuru Metropolis, until further notice.
“The deployment of security personnel to all flash points within the metropolis has also been directed to ensure compliance with the curfew order and to avert any further breach of law and order” according to a statement issued by the state government.
Gov. Lalong expressed dismay and shock at the sudden build-up of tension in Jos Metropolis “on account of the conduct of some disgruntled elements”, who have decided to throw the metropolis into confusion on account of their negative reaction to the agitations of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East.
The governor appealed to religious and community leaders, neighbourhood vigilantes ‘as well as all law abiding citizens” to ensure nobody is allowed to take advantage of the situation to engage in criminality.
Gov. Lalong said that Plateau State remains home to all citizens of Nigeria irrespective of religion, ethnic extraction or political persuasion.
He enjoined all peace loving citizens to ensure that nothing is allowed to upset the hard earned peace in the State.