SUSWAM, AL'MAKURA VOW TO IMPLEMENT REPORT ON TIV/FULANI CRISIS
BY Peter Duru
MAKURDI - Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State and his Nasarawa State counterpart, Tanko Al' Makura, yesterday, jointly received the report of the Joint Investigative Committee, JIC, on the Tiv/Fulani crisis, vowing to implement the recommendations of the committee to stem the incessant bloodbath between the two neighbouring states.
The panel was set up last year by both governors to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the frictions between Tiv farmers and Fulani herdsmen along the Benue and Nasarawa states' borders which had claimed hundreds of lives in the last few years.
In his remarks during the ceremony at Yelwata, a border community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Governor Suswam regretted that the crisis had gone beyond disputes over land as they had taken political and criminal dimension.
He, however, assured that the report would go a long way in proffering solutions to the crisis that has left the people at daggers-drawn.
He said: 'There could be political undertone to these fightings and there could also be some elements of criminality in what is happening.
'But the people should be rest assured that we have taken steps to ensure that all the criminals fuelling this crisis are arrested and prosecuted accordingly.'
Also speaking, Governor Al'makura said the report would go a long way in providing the needed panacea for sustainable peace between the feuding border communities of both states, adding that the two governments had already established security posts in volatile areas and communities to further check any escalation of fighting in those areas.
Earlier, while submitting the report which was in three volumes, Chairman of the JIC, Mr. Cletus Upaav, said the committee took a critical look at the immediate and remote causes of the crisis and proffered appropriate solutions to check recurrence.