Governor Samuel Ortom has approved the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew in Gboko town from Wednesday till further notice.
Gboko is the traditional headquarters of the Tiv, the major ethnic group in Benue state and the most cosmopolitan town in the state after Makurdi, the capital.
According to a statement by Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, “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”, the governor added.
He 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.
Ortom 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.
JAMES KWEN, MAKURDI