World News – US – Lalong declares 24-hour curfew on Plateau


« It is rather unfortunate that over the past few days the #EndSARS protest that started peacefully has gradually escalated into a situation where thugs attacked and molested innocent citizens going about their normal business

« This development took a new turn on Tuesday, October 20, when the protest resulted in the destruction of property, cars and looting of business premises along Ahmadu Bello Lane, as well as the burning of a place of worship, on the Gyero road Bukuru, In addition, three deaths were recorded ”, he declared

He said he called an emergency meeting of the Security Council to assess the situation in order to take the necessary steps to prevent further escalation, saying the curfew was necessary to achieve this

« In addition, all public and private companies must immediately shut down their activities, while parents are strongly advised to restrain their children, young people and wards to avoid any further collapse of public order

« Only people benefiting from essential services will be allowed to move to their workstations, » he said

He said security agencies had been tasked with ensuring the curfew was observed, saying those defaulters would be arrested and prosecuted

He urged the protesters to continue on the path of constructive engagement and dialogue since the government started to implement their demands

« Again yesterday, I inaugurated the judicial commission of inquiry into police brutality and other related extrajudicial executions in Plateau State, headed by Judge Philomena Lot, a retired High Court judge of the ‘Plateau State

The governor said as the group prepares to begin its session, anyone with complaints against disbanded SARS members and other police units should bring their complaints to the group to take necessary action.

« We will do our utmost to implement the outcome of the committee’s recommendation as far as it applies to its jurisdiction

« We call for understanding and unity on the part of Nigerians, to enable the country to overcome the current challenge

« We must be united and avoid any act that could jeopardize our collective existence and the future of our children

« As your governor, my administration will continue to support the agitation for a holistic reform of the police architecture in our country and to advocate for further reforms for the implementation fast from the local police for which I strongly requested

« Plateau cannot afford to go back to the days of crisis that we have largely put behind us thanks to the collective efforts of all citizens, security agencies and relevant stakeholders, » he said

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