Jukun-Tiv Clashes: FG, States Resolve To End Crisis

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    SGF, Boss Mustapha

    By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja

    As part of measures to curtail incessant crisis between the Jukun and Tiv people, the Federal Government met with governors and stakeholders from Benue and Taraba states with commitments to bring needless loss of lives and property in the communities to a halt.
    In a communique issued at the end of the joint meeting between the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and stakeholders at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja on Wednesday, participants agreed on strategies which include massive deployment of security forces for intensive patrol and surveillance along border corridors of both states to checkmate the excesses of criminals and enforce law and order.
    The meeting identified banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery and lack of clear boundary demarcation between Taraba and Benue states as underpinning causes of criminal activities behind the crisis.
    It was further resolved that the crisis was purely the internal affairs of Taraba State and not between Benue and Taraba States; as such noted that economic activities have been grounded aside from loss of valuable lives, wanton destruction of property and displacement of communities from their homes.
    In spite of these however, participants agreed on readiness of the restive communities to return to the path of peaceful co-existence.
    The joint meeting, while identifying the commitment of the Federal Government to facilitate early resolution of the crisis by lending support to peace -building process by the two ethnic groups also stressed the importance of empowering the youths to reduce unemployment and making them useful members of the society.
    In addition, the Federal Government is expected to ensure the marking the boundary of the two states and facilitate the implementation of previous resolutions, from the Kashimbila to Markurdi meetings to permanently resolve the crisis.
    After intensive deliberation and analysis of the issues, the meeting resolved to immediately order cessation of hostilities to pave way for peace building efforts while governors in the states should make strong pronouncement condemning the crisis and also visit the affected communities for confidence building.
     The meeting was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha who represented the President Muhammadu Buhari; former Senate President, David Mark; Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku; his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom.Other participants include the  deputy governors of Taraba and Benue states, Engrs, Haruna Manu and Benson Abounu; Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Peter Diah; his counterpart from Benue State, Titus Uba; Secretaries to the Government of the two states: members of the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly from the two States
    The Aku Uka of Wukari, Tor-Tiv, other traditional rulers, religious leaders and other critical stakeholders; the security chiefs, the army, the police, Department of State Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were also at the forum.
    The meeting was also attended by respected leaders including serving and former members of the National Assembly, serving and former ministers, and representatives of civil society groups, women associations and youth groups from both States.

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