Plateau governor declares dusk-to-dawn curfew

The Plateau Government has imposed  a dusk to dawn curfew in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South local government areas.
A statement released in Jos said that the curfew was to avert a breakdown of law and order.
Movement will be restricted from 6 6 a.m. except for those on essential duties.
 Governor Simon Lalong charged security agencies to double their efforts toward ending the persistent attacks on rural communities in the state.
Another statement signed by Mr Yakubu Dati, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, said that the governor rushed to the state on Sunday, cutting short his participation in the ongoing All Progressives Convention (APC) convention holding in Abuja.
It quoted Lalong as describing the incessant attacks as “devastating”.
“The governor has directed  security agencies to end the attacks and apprehend the assailants. He has also challenged them to be proactive so as to restore stability to Plateau,” the statement said.
Lalong commiserated with families of the victims and promised to settle the bills of those injured and in hospitals.

The Police Command in Plateau state, central Nigeria, had earlier confirmed the killing of 11 people in attacks on Razat, Ruku, Nyarr, Kura and Gana-Ropp villages of Gashish District in Barkin Ladi Local Government.

Also hit were Daffo and Kuba communities in Bokkos Local Government.

Mr Terna Tyopev, the command’s spokesman, told newsmen on Sunday in Jos,  that many other villages were hit by the gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

“The gunmen invaded the villages on Saturday and killed several people. Based on the number of corpses recovered and buried, we can confirm 11 killed,” he said.

He said, however, that more people might have died because many families had buried their dead relatives before the policemen arrived.

Tyopev said that some dead bodies had been deposited at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) mortuary, adding that security had been beefed up in affected villages to restore peace.

Capt. Umar Adams, spokesman of `Operation Safe Haven’, the military task force maintaining peace in Plateau, who also spoke on the attacks, described them as “unfortunate”.

“We are aware of the unfortunate attacks, but I cannot confirm how many people were killed,” he said.