The Plateau State Government has announced relaxation of the curfew slammed on the city in the aftermath of the security unease in the state capital September 14th, 2017. Although security personnel would continue to patrol perceived flash points within the greater Jos-Bukuru Metropolis so as to ensure that all security measures are complied with in the context of the new curfew order, a Government House statement by the media aide to Governor Simon Lalong Sunday afternoon explained it was based on observed improvement in the state of security contrary to that which necessitated the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew in the first case.
The curfew is now from 10pm daily to 6am of the subsequent day until further notice, according to Mister Samuel Emmanuel Nanle, the Director, Press & Public Affairs who signed the statement. While pleading with all peace loving citizens to ensure cooperation with all security personnel and to report all acts likely to constitute a bridge to peace in the State, the statement reports the governor as enjoining all citizens to go about their lawful business with the assurance that their safety is guaranteed. Gov Lalong also expressed appreciation for the swift response of security personnel and the wide spread community consultative meetings held by various community and religious leaders, followed by the renewed commitment to abide by the law and be peaceful.
The management of tension in Jos, the Plateau State capital this time would interest students of conflict management with particular reference to reaction time and the key drivers of that process. Is it the governor or the security establishment (police, military, DSS, Civil Defence, etc) or the people simply refused to kill each other or just the mood of the country at the moment. Pre-empting violence has not been a strong forte of conflict management in recent years across Nigeria.