Fresh Plateau killings: Mutfwang imposes 24hrs curfew!

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*Many feared killed, churches, houses, business premises destroyed during fresh attack

By Golok Nanmwa, Jos

Following fresh killings in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau state, the state Governor, Caleb Mutfwang has imposed a 24 hours curfew in the area and its environs.

It would be recalled that in December last year, over 200 people were killed in different attacks in Mangu, Bokos and Riyom Local Government Areas of the state which was widely condemned.

The Governor’s order was contained in a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Bere Gyang and made available to newsmen in Jos on Tuesday.

The statement reads that Governor Mutfwang took the decision after consultations with the relevant security agencies.

He stated that only persons on essential duty are allowed to move within the Local Government Area until further notice.

He urged all citizens, especially residents of Mangu Local Government area, to comply with the directive and assist the security personnel by providing reliable information to restore peace and order in the area.

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

He expressed his sympathy to the families of the victims and the injured, and assured them that the government will not relent in ensuring lasting peace in the state, promising that the curfew will be reviewed as soon as the security situation improves.

During the fresh killings in Mangu Local Government Area, many people were reported to have been killed while residential houses as well as worship centers were torched by the yet to be identified gun wielding attackers.

Pansak Lazarus, a member of the affected community, told newsmen that the number of casualties cannot be determined for now.

“I cannot give you the exact number of people killed but many people lost their lives, more than 15 houses were burnt as well as several shops destroyed”, he said adding that some religious establishments were also razed in the attack.

Earlier, DSP Alfred Alabo, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) of Plateau Police Command who spoke with newsmen called for calm saying their men are on top of the situation.

He said the Police Command would update journalists after they are done with their investigations.

He also denied media reports that its officers tear gassed any of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP sacked lawmakers at the Old Government House in Jos earlier in the state as reported by some online newspapers.