Following outbreak of communal violence between the Tiv and Jukun in Taraba and part of Benue State, governments of the two states have resolved to deal decisively with anyone caught causing trouble in the area.
This was one of the resolutions reached at the end of a peace meeting between the Acting Governor of Benue State, Mr. Benson Abounu and the Deputy Governor of Taraba State Engr. Haruna Manu held at the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba State.
The meeting urged youths of the affected communities to sheath their swords and embrace peace, even as it stressed the need for community and security collaboration to achieve enduring peace.
The joint security meeting emphasized the need for Tiv and Jukun people who are indigenes of both States to be loyal to the political and traditional leaderships of the two States and accept the indigeneship of the State they belong.
Part of the communiqué read; “the meeting agreed that the political and traditional leadership of the two States should constitute a committee consisting of two co-Chairmen and four others from the border communities affected by the crisis to work out modalities for peaceful co-existence.
“The meeting further stressed the need for communities security collaborations by reporting all forms of criminality and not shield criminal elements in both States and that criminals must be treated as criminals.
“The meeting also stressed the need for full and strict implementation of all the past resolutions issued at the joint security meetings held at Kashimbilla in February 2017, Ugba Township Hall in July, 2017 and the Federal University Wukari in December, 2018 to resolve the contentious issues that have always resulted to crisis between the two tribes”.
The joint peace meeting also resolved to set up Peace Committee to go round affected areas to assess and determine the level of destruction to providing relief materials to assuage the hardship of people in the affected communities.
Our correspondent reports that the two Deputy Governors embarked on inspection visits to some of the affected communities.
The crisis between the two ethnic groups which began at Kente on April 1st claimed lives and property worth millions of Naira destroyed within the two weeks crisis.