Warring Ethnic Groups In Taraba Sign Peace Pact

fulani-herdsmenA peace agreement has been signed by warring factions in Taraba state, north east region of Nigeria following dialogue among the affected communities with a pledge to establish peace and friendly relationship.

The truce was brokered by the Presidential Peace Committee led by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Michael Zonkumor, between the Junkun, Hausa, Tiv, and Fulani in the southern zone of the state with assurance to cease hostilities and coexist peacefully.

There had been series of communal clashes particularly in Ibi, Wukari and Takum Local Government Areas of the state while the Tiv/Fulani crisis that spilled over from Benue State affected four other local government councils resulting in loss of lives, property and displacement of several families.

As part of measures to curtail escalation of the crisis, the acting governor, Mr Garba Umar, summoned a security council meeting between traditional rulers, security chiefs and local government chairmen after which more security personnel were deployed to the affected areas while some relief materials were given to the displaced persons.

 

Committee Presents Report On Taraba Violence

The judicial commission of inquiry investigating the violence in Ibi and Wukari areas of Taraba state has submitted its report, claiming that the violence was as a result of intra-ethnic clashes and has nothing to do with religious concerns.

Chairman of the commission, Justice Philibus Andetur, while presenting the report to the Taraba State Government, stated that the findings of the commission revealed that the clash was among the same ethnic group but was only fuelled by religious sentiments to cause mayhem among the people.

Acting Governor of Taraba state, Garba Umar assured that the recommendations of the commission will be adhered to, while those found wanting will be prosecuted according to the laws of the land.

The report consists of findings and recommendations, record of proceedings, as well as exhibits and memoranda collated from the public.

It will be recalled that crisis engulfed the towns of Wukari and Ibi in Taraba state, North East Nigeria in the month of May, leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties worth millions of Naira.