Gov Lalong imposes curfew on Bassa LG over attacks

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Governor Simon Lalong

Worried by incessant attacks on communities on Bassa Local Government, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the area.

A statement by the governor’s Director of Press Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle, said that the decision became necessary “in view of recurring incidences of attack in the area”.

The curfew will run from 6 am to 6 pm daily, it said.

“There are recurring incidences of attacks on Irigwe chiefdom and neighbouring areas around Bassa; there are also attacks on communities on the borders of the local government, especially around Vom in Jos South and Manchok in Kaduna State.

“To guarantee effective security operation toward protecting life and property, the governor has approved the imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew, which takes effect immediately,” the statement said.

A security source told NAN on Friday in Jos that the governor’s decision followed reports of the burning of houses by unknown men that invaded some villages in Irigwe chiefdom on Friday.

Spokesperson of the Plateau Police Command, Terna Tyopev, who confirmed the burning of the houses, however, declined further details.

The Friday attack on Bassa Local Government is the third in three weeks, after two other violent invasions claimed 28 lives in Ncha and Jebu-Miango semi-urban settlements.

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