By Tongnaan Dada , Jos
Thousands of hoodlums on Saturday took Plateau State Government unware vandalised the COVID-19 palliative warehouses located in Bukuru and Jos International Breweries (JIB) along Old Airport Road, looting the palliatives away.
Our correspondent gathered that the hoodlums mostly youths overpowered the security personnel guarding the two warehouses and carted away bags of food items such as maize, indomie, Garri, Rice amongs others.
However the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has immediately re -instated the 24 hour curfew earlier relaxed on Thursday, in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas as a result of the looting.
Lalong in a Press Statement signed by himself and also made a brief broadcast, direct the immediate reinstatement of the 24-hour curfew earlier relaxed from 4pm today 24th October 2020 in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas till further notice.
“Fellow citizens of Plateau State, you will recall that I announced a 24-hour curfew in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas on 20th October 2020 in response to the disturbances that arose when hoodlums hijacked the ENDSARS protests leading to the destruction of lives and properties.
“After an assessment of the situation, the curfew was relaxed from the hours of 6am to 8pm from yesterday 23rd October 2020.
“However today, some hoodlums broke into the warehouses where palliatives delivered to the State by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development last week were stored awaiting distribution and carted them away.
This looting has spread to other facilities and is gradually degenerating thereby threatening the peace and security of the State.
“To avoid further escalation, I hereby direct the immediate reinstatement of the 24-hour curfew earlier relaxed from 4pm today 24th October 2020 in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas till further notice.
Lalong directed the security agencies to enforce the curfew and ensure that all violators are arrested and prosecuted.
He called on all citizens and stakeholders to continue to cooperate with Government in ensuring the peace and progress of Plateau State.
Our correspondent reports that the pronouncement threw people off guard and set them into confusion as some were at wedding ceremonies, birthday and businesses. Traders were seen hurriedly shutting down their shops amidst panic buying by customers.