Niger govt evacuates its students studying in UNIJOS as Plateau state govt re-imposes 24-Hour curfew on Jos North LGA

Niger State Government has evacuated its citizens that are schooling in the University of Jos, Plateau State, back to the state.

This follows the breach of peace in some parts of the state which resulted in loss of lives, maiming and destruction of properties.

The state government said the action became necessary as the security situation has compelled the University Management to suspend the Second Semester Examinations for 2019/2020 Academic Session of the institution.

“Worried about the wellbeing of her citizens and for them not to be left stranded as well as become victims of circumstances, the state government through the Commissioners for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as well as Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, made arrangements for vehicles and security personnel to ensure safe evacuation and return of the students,” Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor said in a statement.

The state government reiterated its unwavering commitment to the safety of its citizens irrespective of their geopolitical locations.

Meanwhile, the Plateau State government has re-imposed a 24-hour curfew on Jos North Local Government Area (LGA).

Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor Simon Lalong, Dr. Makut Macham, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

Imposing curfew on the local government follows tensions sparked by the attack on Yelwa Zangam – a village in Zangam District of the state.

According to Governor Lalong, the 24-hour curfew will come into force from 4pm on August 25 until further notice.

“The proactive decision became necessary following imminent threat to lives and properties within the local government area and the need to forestall the breakdown of law and order,” the statement said.

“It will also enable security agencies deploy appropriately to maintain security as the search for the attackers of the villagers continues.

“The governor has appealed to the citizens of Jos North to cooperate with the government by abiding by the 24-hour curfew commencing 4pm, 25th August 2021, as security agencies have been mandated to ensure that those who violate the curfew are arrested.”

Governor Lalong equally states that the 6pm to 6am curfew in Jos South and Bassa LGAs still remains in place until further notice.

“The Governor is calling for calm as he is seriously grieved by the attacks,” the statement added.

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