Corpses Of 35 Slain In UNIJOS Area Brought To Plateau Assembly; Gov Imposes 24-hour Curfew

Corpses Of 35 Slain In UNIJOS Area Brought To Plateau Assembly; Gov Imposes 24-hour Curfew

ANGRY youth stormed the Plateau State House of Assembly with truckloads of corpses from Tuesday’s attack on Yelwan Zangam Community in Jos North Local Government Area.

They demanded to be addressed by the Speaker and members of the assembly.

THEWILL reports that suspected bandits attacked the Yelwa Zangam Community, behind the University of Jos (UNIJOS) permanent site, killing 35 people with several others wounded.

The assailants had destroyed the community bridge on Monday night prior to attacking the community at about 9pm on Tuesday night.

A resident, Yakubu, said several families were burnt alive inside their homes.

Meanwhile, the state government has reinstated the relaxed 24-hour curfew in Jos North Local Government Area following growing tensions over the killings.

According to Governor Simon Lalong, the curfew would come into force from 4pm today Wednesday until further notice.

A statement by his spokesman, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, said: “The proactive decision became necessary following the imminent threat to lives and properties within the Local Government Area and the need to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

“It will also enable security agencies to 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 to 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.

“Also, the 6pm to 6am curfew in Jos South and Bassa LGAs still remains in place until further notice. Only people on essential duties such as health personnel, journalists, fire service and paramilitary and others, are to be exempted from the curfew but should carry means of identification with them at all times.

“The Governor is calling for calm as he is seriously grieved by the attacks.

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