By John Ikani
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Jos North Local Government Area with effect from August 30 untill further notice.
The decision was reached after an intensive review of the security situations in a broadcast on Monday morning by Lalong.
Under the new arrangement, the curfew will be observed from 6pm to 6am daily from Monday 30th August 2021.
The governor said Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas will now observe their curfew from 10pm to 6am until further notice.
He noted that the ban on tricycles (Keke Napep) and hawkers remains in place within Jos/Bukuru metropolis.
Also, he announced that the Plateau Economic and Investment Summit earlier scheduled for September 1 and 2 has been postponed.
“A new date will be announced and communicated to all our invitees. We apologise for any inconveniences this postponement might cause,” he said.
*What you should know*
Recent attacks in Jos North, Bassa, Riyom, and Barkin Ladi have plunged Plateau into a state of high tension.
About 36 people were killed last week in Yelwa Zangam village, Zangam District in Jos North Local Government Area.
Many state governments have transported their indigenes from Jos metropolis and the University of Jos has been shut down.
While some have attributed the killings to ethnic and religious reasons, the state government has maintained they are “purely criminal activities that must be treated as such.”