Gov Lalong Imposes Curfew In Jos

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JOS – Following civil unrest in parts of Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State on Thursday night, the state Government has on Friday, imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the two areas.

Mr Richard Tokma, the Acting Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), announced this in a statement issued on Friday in Jos.

Tokma said the decision to impose the curfew followed serious security report from on areas.

“Sequel to the security breach in parts of Jos North and Jos South, Gov. Simon Lalong has approved the imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the two local government areas with immediate effect, ” he said.

The SGS stressed the determination of the state government to ensure safety of lives and properties of its citizens and called on residents of the state to be calm and law abiding.

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He also urged residents to report suspicious movements in their vicinity to the security agencies for prompt action.

Unidentified gunmen allegedly killed family of nine in Rukuba road community of Jos North Local Government Area in the night of Thursday, a development that sparked up tension in the community and other parts of Jos metropolis.

A resident of the area, who prefers anonymity, said, the gunmen attacked the community on Thursday night.

“Last night, some gunmen invaded this area shooting sporadically and in the cause wiped out nine members of a family

“I cannot tentatively say what caused the ugly incident but I heard some gunshots and some persons were also injured,” he said.

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Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Plateau Police Command, DSP Terna Tyopev confirmed the incident.

The PPRO, who could not confirm the accurate number of deaths, but said that lives were lost, while many others were severely injured.

He explained that the assailants took advantage of the night rains to perpetrate the “evil” act.

“Yesterday at about 10.p.m, our Plateau Control Room received a distress call that there were sporadic gunshots at Rukuba Road, a community opposite Kowa Hotel, Jos.

“We immediately mobilised our patrol team to the scene of crime.

“The gunmen, who took advantage of the night rains to attack residents, were later chased away from the area by the combined team of the Police and men Operation Safe Haven (STF), a military task force.

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“Some people were rescued while some persons lost their lives as a result of the attack and others sustained injuries of various degrees,” he said.

Tyopev said that the injured were rushed to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, where they were receiving treatment.

The PPRO said a combined team of security personnel had been dispatched to flash points to avert breakdown of law and order, and urged members of the public to remain calm and law abiding.

He said investigation to unravel those behind the crime has commenced.

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