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Nasarawa /Benue Moves To Tackle Inter – Communal Crisis
Leaders of Nasarawa and Benue states have come to an agreement to bring lasting solution to the crises involving farmers and Fulaniherdsmen in the two border states.
The Fulani- farmers crises in the two states has over the past years led to the death of scores of people in the two states.
The meeting which had in attendance governor Gabriel Suswam ofBenue State and his Nasarawa counterpart, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, reached a consensus on how to bring to a halt the lingering crises between Fulani nomads and farmers and also improve aerial surveillance to stem the tide of criminalities in both states.
Speaking before the closed door meeting at the Government House,Lafia, governor Al-Makura said the meeting would help to fashion out modalities on ways to tackle the lingering crises rocking the two states that have lived peacefully for over a long period of time.
He also said that there would be a clampdown on the actors perpetrating this heinous act, adding that the route they use would also be blocked.
Al-Makura called on all and sundry to make available any useful information that would help in tracking down the perpetrators.
Also speaking, governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State pointed out that indigenes of Nasarawa state have continued to allow theFulani Herdsmen to use their communities as route to carry out their ungodly activities.
He painted a scenario where over 600 Fulani herdsmen will pass through communities in Nasarawa state and queried the indigenes who claim not to have an idea about their mission.
In a communiqué jointly signed by governors of the two states after the closed door meeting, the two governments agreed to set up a committee of traditional rulers and selected stake holders to properly articulate ways and means of achieving peace within their borders.
The communiqué also indicated that the two states have agreed to increase support to security agencies so as to enable them perform their constitutional roles of maintaining law and order.
They also called on the indigenes of both states to embrace peace stressing that without it no meaningful development can be achieved.
Also in attendance at the meeting were the speakers of both states houses of assembly, traditional rulers and security chiefs from the two states.