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EndSARS protest: Lalong relaxes curfew in Plateau

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By Moses Mark

Plateau State Government has on Thursday decided to relax the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas from 6am to 8pm as from Friday October 23, 2020 until further notice.

The decision to relax the curfew was reached after Governor Lalong on Wednesday had deliberations with critical stakeholders and careful assessment of the security situation that led to the skirmishes in some parts of the affected local government areas, last Tuesday.

Secretary to the Plateau State Government Professor Danladi Atu in a Press Statement signed and issued to Journalists in Jos on Thursday call on all citizens to avoid any action that is inimical to the overall development of the state especially those that threaten the peace and unity of our people.

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Atu said the reason why government relaxed the curfew was for stakeholders to immediately engage their communities across the state in a systematic Peace dialogues aimed at de-escalating tension,

“Please note that the government is not unmindful of citizens’ Constitutional Rights to hold lawful assembly or stage peaceful protests as long as these are carried out within the extant laws of Nigeria. As a Government, we also appreciate the fact that these are the variables that further deepen our democracy.

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“However, as a deliberate approach to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost, the Government has for now also resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state. This is to enable the Government isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.

He urge all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation as government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure the maintenance of law and order across the state.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, the Plateau State government has already set machinery in motion to address the demands raised by the protesters. In this light, government has constituted a Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge, Justice Philomena Lot which has since swung into action and ready to receive petitions from those who have cases.

“We sue for understanding and patience from all and sundry as government takes decisive steps to address the demands of the protesters in the coming weeks.

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