Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has imposed curfew on three Local Government Areas in the state over the Saturday attacks on commuters.
No fewer than 23 lost their lives and scores injured in the attack on the commuters along Rukuba road, Jos North LGA.
A statement signed by Lalong on Saturday evening said that 20 suspects have been arrested by the security agencies.
It read, “Having reviewed the reports and monitored the unfolding scenario, Government is concerned about the persisting tensions and reported attempts by some persons to take the laws into their hands by threatening to attack individuals and private facilities, as well as public property.
“In order to avoid further deterioration of the situation and to protect lives and properties of citizens, I have directed the imposition of curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Governments commencing 6pm to 6am from today, 14th August 2021.
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“The curfew shall remain in place subject to further review by the State Security Council.
“All citizens are therefore directed to abide by the directive to enable security personnel maintain law and order in the affected areas and deal with those attempting to foment trouble by taking advantage of the situation to perpetrate crime.
“The Government will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and take further necessary measures to ensure the safety of lives and properties.
“While I deeply sympathize with the families of those who lost their loved ones, and those injured in the unfortunate event, I call for calm and appeal to our citizens to avoid any action or utterances that will further inflame the situation.
“This is purely a criminal conduct and should not be given any ethnic or religious colouration.
“Let us continue to be vigilant and be security conscious and do everything possible to sustain n peace and security of the State.”