Officials in Plateau State on Thursday relaxed the 24hr curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas following violent uprisings outside EndSARS protest venues.
The curfew according to a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Danladi Atu lifts the curfew between 6am to 8pm begining Friday October 23, 2020.
The decision, Mr. Atu said was part of resolutions reached at a “high level” stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Governor of the State, Mr. Simon Lalong.
At the meeting, stakeholders agreed to “immediately” engage their communities across the state in a “systematic Peace dialogues” toward de-escalating tension, the statement says.
The statement however says “Government has for now resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state.”
Government he said 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,” said the SSG.
The ban on protests is according to him is a “deliberate approach” to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s uprisings…and also to enable Government “isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.”