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Herdsmen commit to resolve conflict with farmers

28 March 2014, 21:03Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Fulani herdsmen pledged to work with Government and police to end the lingering, deadly tensions between the pastoralists and farmers.

The pledge follows a meeting between the herdsmen under their umbrella body and the  Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar.

According to police spokesman, Frank Mba, the herdsmen, under the auspices of Miyetti Allah umbrella body, assured the IGP of their readiness to cooperate with the government and the police in finding lasting solutions to the problem.

Mba said the essence of the meeting was to find an alternative dispute resolution mechanism geared towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering crisis.

“The IGP called on the leadership of Miyetti Allah and other relevant stakeholders to cooperate with the Police in this regard," Mba said

The IGP further reiterated that in addition to the ongoing crisis management measures and the core law enforcement strategies already being implemented by the Force in the affected areas, there was need for the police to meet stakeholders and parties to the conflict so as to bring an end to the crisis, he said.

A committee with Deputy IGP in charge of Operations as Chairman was constituted at the meeting.

Other members include the President, the Secretary-General and three other members from both Miyetti Allah as well as the President and the executives of farmers associations and community leaders of the affected areas.

 “The IGP charged the committee to visit all the affected states to liaise with Police Commands and to consult with the Governors and stakeholders in the affected States with the view to entrenching peaceful co-existence,” Mba said.

Disputes over land are commonplace in some parts of the country and are largely deadly.

On Wednesday police reported renewed violence between herdsmen and farmers in Benue State killed seven people, days after a previous attack that claimed 13 lives.

- CAJ News

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