The plateau state government yesterday announced the relaxation of curfew to now last between 9pm to 6am. Before now, freedom of movement within Jos/Bukuru metropolis was between 6am to 6pm.
Observers however believe that the action of the state government was rather hasty. The administration made this announcement shortly after the burial of late Amil Anko, the Chairman of Bassa Local Government of Plateau State who died in an auto crash over the weekend. It was alleged that Anko died while hurrying to beat up curfew. Despite his status, the late chairman felt it was necessary in order to avoid any scuffle with the security agents who have been perceived to be lopsided against the Christians since fighting resumed in Jos and environs this year.
Many believe the security situation has not improved enough to warrant the relaxation of the curfew. Four days earlier, another village was attacked by Fulani herdsmen in Riyom Local Government Area of the state. The same day curfew relaxation was announced, the corpse of a stabbed Christian youth was taken along Bauchi Road where the inhabitants are largely Muslims. In the night of the same day, four gunshots were heard around the Bukuru maternity clinic as a result of a misunderstanding between soldiers and Christian youths opposing the refusal of the soldiers to act against a crowd of Muslim youths who moved down to the neighborhood that night, claiming they were taking advantage of the curfew relaxation to move around.