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Nasarawa/Benue Meet To Disarm Militias Over Border Clashes

Posted: Jan 22, 2016 at 11:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Michael David,


Nasarawa and Benue states on Thursday 21th 2016 concluded plans to disarm militias around borders of the two states over incessant clashes.

The two states disclosed their plans in a communiques jointly signed by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, after an expanded security council meeting between the two states in Lafia, the state capital.

According to the communique, the two states would tackle the crises frontally by intensifying surveillance and patrol activities in their border areas.

It also agreed to agreed to identify sponsors/financiers of the crises and melt appropriate punishments on them.

The communique also called on both states to allow fulani herdsmen to and from across river Benue, adding that, herdsmen should refrain from trespassing and occupying farmlands and communities.

They warned that farmers and herdsmen should also refrain from taking laws into their hands at the slightest provocation, adding that they should report any trespass or breach of their rights to constituted authorities.

It also agreed to set up a joint peace and reconciliation committee to further to assist security agencies in maintaining peace.

The communique also urged both states to set up grazing areas and encourage establishments of ranches by individuals, groups and organisation for cattle rearing.

It added that both states, in liason with the National Boundary Commission should look into the issue of demarcation of boundaries between the two states.