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#EndSARS Protest: Gov Lalong Relaxes Curfew in Plateau State

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Plateau State Governor, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong has relaxed curfew imposed on Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of the state.

The relaxed curfew will now hold between 12am and 6am effective from Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

In a press statement issued by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, the Governor noted that the curfew was relaxed based on the assessment of security situation in the state.

Lalong enjoined members of the public to go about their normal businesses without any fear saying that security agencies are on ground to protect lives and properties.

The Governor also directed security agencies to identify and arrest any individual or group of persons that engaged in any acts of criminality including looting, arson, vandalism and threat to lives and property in the state.

The statement reads:

“Based on the assessment of the security situation in Plateau State and upon the recommendation of the Plateau State Security Council, the Executive Governor of Plateau State Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong has approved the relaxation of the curfew imposed in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas with effect from Wednesday 28th October 2020.

“By this directive, the curfew is hereby relaxed to commence from 6am to 12 midnight beginning from Wednesday 28th October untill further notice. No movement will be allowed between the hours if 12 midnight to 6am.

“Citizens are advised to go about their lawful businesses without any fear as security agencies have been directed to ensure effective patrols and surveillance to protect lives and property.

“They have equally been directed to identify and arrest any individual or group of persons that engage in any acts of criminality including looting, arson, vandalism and threat to lives and property in the State.

“The Governor after going round areas affected by the recent wanton acts of vandalism, arson and destruction in company of the Plateau State National Assembly Caucus, expresses deep sadness over the level of destruction of both public and private properties and the magnitude of loss recorded.

The governor appealled to the youths to desist from disgraceful acts, while warning that those caught engaging in such activities will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Governor had last week imposed the dusk-to-dawn curfew on the two Local Government Areas following violence and looting by some angry youths in the state.

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