JUST IN: IPOB Crisis: Governor imposes indefinite curfew on Jos

Plateau state on map
Plateau state on map

The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has declared an indefinite dusk to dawn curfew on the state capital, Jos.

The governor announced the measure Thursday evening through a statement by his spokesperson, Emmanuel Nanle and following reports of disturbances in parts of Jos.

“Consequently, the Governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (6pm – 6am) within the Greater Jos – Bukuru Metropolis, until further notice,” Mr. Nanle said.

He said security agencies had been directed to effect strict compliance with the curfew.

“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.”

PREMIUM TIMES had reported the violence in some parts of Jos on Thursday evening that was quickly curtailed by security officials.

See the full text announcing the curfew below:

DIRECTORATE OF PRESS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, PLATEAU STATE

PRESS RELEASE

The Executive Governor of Plateau State has expressed great 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.

Consequently, the Governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (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.

The Governor wishes to assure all citizens that the security and welfare as the primary concern of Government is assured by the Rescue Administration. He is therefore enjoining all citizens to go about their business with the assurance that their safety is guaranteed. He further appealed to all religious and community leaders, neighbourhood vigilantes as well as all law abiding citizens to ensure nobody is allowed to take advantage of this unfortunate situation to engage in criminality.

The Governor wishes to restate that Plateau State remains home to all citizens of Nigeria irrespective of religion, ethnic extraction or political persuasion. He therefore enjoins all peace loving citizens to ensure that nothing is allowed to upset the hard earned peace in the State.


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  • Du Covenant

    What has Jos got to do with this nonsensical IPOB?. If there are trouble makers within Jos metropolis, all Plateau citizens must cooperate with security agents to flush them out ASAP!. They do not belong to Jos.

    • Nigeria My Country

      i WONDER O

    • Nwabude Nwachukwu

      Are in Jos?
      Do you reside in Jos?
      Do you have full detail of the event and or issue that happened in Jos leading to the curfew?
      P-l-e-a-s-e, lets be cautious with our words.
      Thanks.

      • Du Covenant

        I do not have to be in Jos to understand what is going on as a Nigerian. Let the battle ground be in the SE not in the North so that, when the second lesson is over there will be some self reflection. Any trouble makers should be flushed out of Jos ASAP is all I am calling for.

  • International games

    Plateau people can never join Fulani against there Christian brothers.

    • Du Covenant

      Don’t bring this nonsense about religion into the equation. This has nothing to do with religion but extreme greed and criminality!.

  • mbano

    What happened was the Hausa/Fulani in Jos wanted to start killing Igbos, as kick off to expulsion of Igbos from the North. The Igbos in Jos are mostly traders and artisans, and do not go out to attack anybody. I myself am Igbo, and was born there, and grew up there, so I am talking from experience. The native Plateau indigenes themselves are very loving people – that is the Berom, Ngas, Shendam, Mangu, Lantang, and have never had any problem with any Igbo, and vice versa. But the Hausa/Fulani are the killers, and even last week killed many natives in the Barkin Ladi area.

    • Du Covenant

      You did not grow up in Jos because, it is unacceptable you got only two tribes/communities right. Instead you listed names of towns which anyone can pick from the map of Plateau State. Additionally, not all hausa/fulanis fit your description this is why we must be careful with our utterances. There are many bad igbos I know in Nigeria and abroad but, it does not qualify me to condemn all igbos so be careful.

  • JasV

    This type of announcement is usually made directly by the governor himself not a spoke man, spoke woman or spoke man and woman – hermaphrodite.