Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has approved the imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Gboko town from yesterday, January 31, 2018, until further notice.
The curfew, which is aimed to stop further killings in the area, is coming on the back of the recent killing of seven persons in the area.
A statement signed on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, said the curfew, which will last from 6 pm to 6 am every day, was a result of security threats in the area.
The statement read: “The curfew which will last from 6 pm to 6 am every day is as a result of security threats in the area.”
“Those exempted from the curfew are those on essential services such as hospital staff and others who show convincing identification.
“He has directed security agencies particularly the police and the army to provide round the clock surveillance in the town so as to forestall a breach of the peace.
“The Governor has appealed to residents of Gboko to comply with the curfew in their own interest as security operatives have been directed to arrest those found moving about in the town during the period of the curfew.”
He also lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari has not done enough to stop the killings in the state.
In his reaction to the President’s letter to the Senate, to the effect that he had taken measures to stop killings in the state, the state government said:
“You and I know that the killings are still continuing. Though the President has drafted the IGP to Benue State to stop the killings, that is certainly not enough. The killings are still going on.
“We cannot say he had done enough because he had notice of these killings a long time ago when these people held a press conference and threatened to invade the state; the governor wrote to him severally.
“Our tribal leaders also raised alarm and made appeals and also wrote an open letter to the President over the matter before the new year day killings.
“He has not done enough, though the killings have reduced but he has certainly not done enough.”