IPOB: Plateau Governor Confirms Death Of Two
– Governor Simon Lalong has confirmed that two person died in Jos during a violent crisis
– He also sympathised with those that were injured during the incident
– The Plateau governor called on community leaders to ensure peace in their domains
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has confirmed that two persons died and several persons injured in the violence that erupted in Jos, Plateau state.
Violence erupted on Thursday, September 14, after a disagreement over the Operation Python Dance in Abia that led to tension between soldiers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Premium Times reports that the governor met with community and religious leaders at the government house in Jos on Friday, September 15 where he confirmed the death of those people.
The governor charged community and religious leaders to ensure peace in the communities as he also confirmed that several persons were injured.
He said: “Community leaders must ensure peace in their domains, I as a governor, I cannot be everywhere, you must ensure that peace reigns. Let us talk to our youth to avoid taking laws into their hands.”
The governor called on residents of the state, irrespective of religion, ethnic and economic status to remain calm; saying government will ensure protection of lives and property.
“Government will handle the situation effectively, nobody is above the law.
“Our security operatives are up and doing. Anyone found wanting will face the full wrath of the law, that is why we imposed curfew.
“We will ensure maximum security measures in all parts of the state to ensure that no citizen is harmed. As I speak with you, similar meetings are ongoing in all our local government councils,” he said.
Lalong declared an indefinite dusk to dawn curfew on the state capital, Jos.
The governor announced the measure on Thursday, September 14, through a statement by his spokesperson, Emmanuel Nanle, and following reports of disturbances in parts of Jos.
“Consequently, the Governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (6pm – 6am) within the Greater Jos – Bukuru Metropolis, until further notice,” Mr. Nanle said.