Friday Olokor, Jos
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has approved the imposition of an indefinite dusk to dawn curfew in Bassa Local Government Area with immediate effect.
He also ordered a special military search and security enforcement operation within the hotbeds of ethnic and religious crisis in the state.
The decision was contained in a Government House statement issued in Jos on Friday night by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Samuel Nanle.
The government directed traditional rulers to ensure strict compliance with the curfew and other specific security measures that would be put in place, to guarantee the peace and security of the entire citizens of Bassa LGA.
The statement reads: “In view of the recurring incidences of attacks in Irigwe chiefdom and neighbouring Areas around the Bassa – Vom – Jos South adjoining borders and the Manchok, Kaduna State adjoining areas with the Irigwe ancestral land, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, has directed a Special Military Search and Security Enforcement Operation within the aforementioned areas.
“Consequent upon this, therefore, in order to guarantee an effective operation and the safety of all law-abiding citizens, the Governor has approved the imposition of a dusk to dawn Curfew over Bassa Local Government Area; that is 6:00pm and 6:00am curfew daily, with immediate effect until further notice.
“All community leaders, village heads, ward heads, district heads and paramount rulers of all areas bordering Irigwe chiefdom are directed to ensure strict compliance with the curfew order and other specific security measures that would be put in place, to guarantee the peace and security of the entire citizens of the entire Bassa Local Government Area.
“The governor wishes to assure all law abiding citizens of the area that security operatives are under strict instruction to ensure appropriate treatment-civil relations in the enforcement of all necessary security measures for the good of all.
“Citizens are therefore enjoined to cooperate with the security operatives and to volunteer all necessary information that will aid the effective conduct of this exercise, to guarantee a safe haven in the whole of Bassa Local Government Area.”
ThePUNCH reported that three persons, including a former Head of Civil Service during his administration, Moses Gwom, were killed on Tuesday in Doruwa community, also called Wereh, by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Apart from the ex-HoS, other victims were a soldier identified as Corporal Chimezie Goodluck and a businesswoman, Rhoda Dauda.