Governor imposes 24-hour curfew in Plateau State

Gov Caleb Mutfwang in the photo 

Plateau State governor, Caleb Mutfwang, has declared a 24-hour curfew in the Mangu Local Government Area, North Central Nigeria, with immediate effect due to the deteriorating security situation. 

The decision, according to a spokesperson for the governor, Gyang Bere, was made after consultations with relevant security agencies and is aimed at controlling the escalating violence in the area. 

The press statement by Bere states that the governor's directive restricts movement within the local government, with only individuals on essential duties permitted to move. Citizens, especially residents of Mangu, are urged to comply with the curfew and support security personnel by providing reliable information. 

Governor Mutfwang lamented that some people are still determined to create an atmosphere of insecurity in the state despite government’s efforts to end activities of terrorist elements. 

He expressed sympathy to the families of the victims and the injured, assuring them that the curfew will be reviewed as soon as the security situation improves. 

The imposition of the curfew comes in the wake of persistent insecurity in the region, marked by recent attacks that have claimed numerous lives and caused significant destruction

Plateau, for decades, has been plagued with internecine crises, attributed to ethnicity and religion but these two factors have been dispelled over time while some persons believe the crises have to do with disagreement between herders and farmers.

The latest in the string of attacks was on last Christmas Eve when dark-hearted assailants conducted blood-curling simultaneous attacks on communities in the Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of the the state.

The attacks claimed over 200 lives with hundreds of houses and farmlands burnt. That the assailants were not repelled by security agents irked many Nigerians.

As usual, the government and the military have condemned the attack and made a few promises after well-publicised trips to the state but sturdy voices in Northern Nigeria like the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah, has scolded the government and the military over failure to protect the people on the Plateau, who continued to suffer recurring aggression from marauders, a Channels Television report also explained.
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