Nasarawa Govt Holds Emergency Security Meeting Over Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis

Halimatu Gayam  
Updated February 12, 2018
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The Nasarawa State government has convened an expanded emergency Security Council meeting to tackle the herdsmen-farmers crisis in the state.

The meeting, which held at the Council Chambers of the Government House in Lafia on Monday, was chaired by the state governor, Mr Tanko Al-Makura.

The governor, who noted that security is not only the business of the government but that of everybody, urged the residents to ensure they are as secure as possible in the course of their daily activities.

He also described the panic migration witnessed in Nasarawa as a repercussion of the killings in Benue.

He added that this has been taking its toll on the residents of border areas who have been enjoying relative peace for a while now.

According to Al-Makura, the meeting was convened to listen to the views of heads of affected local government areas, and to launch a collaboration with security personnel to find a solution to the crisis.

He revealed the deployment of three additional Mobile Police units to the existing five units on the directive of the Inspector General of Police, to man the borders of Benue and Nasarawa states.

Governor Al-Makura who restated his commitment to providing welfare for the displaced persons in the state asked the people to be vigilant and conscious of the happenings around them.

He was happy with the conflict resolution mechanism adopted by the state government and confident that it has made progress in ensuring peaceful co-existence among residents.

The governor further commended the Federal Government for the efforts made so far in addressing the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

He listed the steps taken to include the decision of the National Economic Council Committee and the recent launching of ‘Exercise Cat Race’ by the Nigerian Army.

Al-Makura assured the people of improved security presence at border communities to give the over 25,000 Internally Displaced Persons residing in 12 IDP camps a sense of protection.

Those present at the meeting are security chiefs, traditional rulers, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), and the Tiv Development Association (TIDA).

Others in attendance include heads of local government areas situated in the southern district of the state where unrest is experienced.