Fulani-Farmers Clash: Ortom Orders Miyyeti Allah To Produce Assailant

Ortom The Benue State government has ordered the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to produce the man responsible for Sunday killings in Buruku and Tarka local government areas.

Governor Samuel Ortom gave the directive at an emergency meeting with Fulani herdsmen and Tiv farmers from the affected areas where fighting broke out as a result of mischief created by a suspected Fulani man who is on the run.

Briefing the Governor on the situation, the secretary of the association, Garus Gololo, said that the suspect who caused the fresh violence threatened to create problems after they asked him to remove his sick animals from the grazing areas to prevent a spread of disease.

The Chairman of Buruku Local Government, Godwin Iorsue, who spoke for the Tiv community, said that intolerance and impatience with one another has been the reason for the frequent clashes.

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom, at a separate meeting with teachers during the opening ceremony of a 3-day teachers training in Gboko, said that over 400 schools destroyed by the Fulani-farmers crisis will be reconstructed.

Mr Ortom, who reiterated his resolve to improve education in the state, said that over 16,000 teachers will benefit from the training.

Public infrastructure like schools, hospitals and Police stations have been destroyed in the crisis, but Governor Ortom said that the 7.6 billion Naira education intervention fund would address all the education related problems.

Herdsmen, Farmers In Benue, Nasarawa Agree To Ceasefire

HerdsmenFulani herdsmen and Tiv, Agatu farmers from Benue and Nasarawa states have resolved, among other things, to seek amicable resolution to their differences instead of the resorting to self-help and violence.

Representatives of the ethnic groups occupying border communities in Nasarawa and Benue states, disclosed this to Channels Television at the joint security council meeting of the two states held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

Governor Tanko Al-makura and his Benue state counterpart, Mr Samuel Ortom joined security chiefs at the all-important peace and security meeting of the two states.

Governor Samuel Ortom recounted peace and security efforts made so far between Nasarawa and Taraba states to guarantee public safety and urged the community leaders to work with the government in its efforts to maintain peace.

The two governors restated the need for parties to always avail themselves the opportunity of settlement through the joint states peace and reconciliation committee set up to resolve all communal crisis in the area.

At the end of the meeting, active parties in the raging violence in and around Nasarawa and Benue communities, promised that they would impress it on their members to always seek amicable resolution to all forms of attack.

Leaders of Miyyeti Allah, a socio-cultural association of Fulani herdsmen and traditional rulers from Tiv and Agatu communities also promised to promote peaceful resolution to conflicts.