The Nasarawa State Police Command has held a town hall meeting at the state capital with a view to finding lasting solution to the clash between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
The meeting, which was held at the Police officers’ mess in Lafia, emphasized community policing as a way of preventing conflicts.
Stakeholders gathered to brainstorm and share ideas on how to ensure peaceful co-existence between farmers and herdsmen and also between ethnic groups in the state.
The meeting, which was on the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had the theme ‘How Community Policing Can Help Prevent Conflicts In The State’.
Participants at the meeting said that they were concerned with the weapons used by some herdsmen and were confused if they were truly herdsmen.
They urged the Police to look into the proliferation of arms critically before it gets out of hand.
Some others were of the view that conflicts escalate as a result of misinformation, calling on the Police to address this also.
The Fulani representatives said that they were happy with the meeting and that they have begun the setting up of a Fulani peace and security committee in all the local government areas and development areas in the state.
They expressed the belief that this would control clashes and enlighten members of their association on how to graze peacefully.
Ethnic associations also called on their members to embrace peace and forge ahead for development to thrive in the state.