The Plateau state government has warned residents not to protest the recent killings in the state.
There has been tension in the state recently after 22 travelers returning to Ondo state from Bauchi were killed on Aug. 14 along the Rukuba Highway in the state’s Jos North Local Government Area.
The travelers had returned to Bauchi state for an Islamic program and were on their way back to Ondo state when they were attacked.
Then Jos was enveloped in suspense after the murder of 35 people in Ahwol Ward of the Naraguta community in the same LGA.
Simon Lalong, the state governor, has also declared a 24-hour curfew in Jos North and a dusk-to-dawn restriction in Jos South and Bassa LGAs.
In a statement on Tuesday, Dan Manjang, state commissioner for information and communications, said the government has received information that some residents plan to hold a demonstration on Tuesday.
Manjang described the protest as unnecessary and urged organizers to drop the idea in the interest of peace and security.
The statement read: “It has come to the attention of the Plateau State government that there are rumors of a planned protest to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
“While the government recognizes and respects the right of citizens to peaceful protest, it reminds the general public that the ban on public procession under any guise and name is still in effect, especially at a time when the state is still is still tending his wounds from the recent attacks that have hit some parts of the state.
“The government is therefore warning the organizers of the alleged protest to drop the idea in the interest of peace and security. Security officers have been put on red to meet the challenge of arresting anyone who violates this directive.
“The government also orders all law-abiding citizens to perform their normal duties without fear of sexual assault or intimidation.
“Parents are also advised to rein in their pupils and continue to support the government as it works to restore total normalcy to the state.”