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Nasarawa addresses Lafia farmer, herdsmen clashes

28 January 2014, 08:44Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nasarawa State Government has inaugurated a 14-man committee to curb incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Lafia East.

Daniel Mazawaje, Special Adviser to the State Governor on Cooperative, Rural and Community Development, inaugurated the committee.

It consists of representatives of Koro, Eggon, Tiv, Rindere and Fulani in Akpamini, Ashige, Alogani, Ashangwa and Kurmin Gogo communities whose occupation include farming and animal rearing.

Mazawaje said apart from preventing future crisis between the farmers and herdsmen, the peace committee was inaugurated to attract development to the area.

The function of the committee is to work with the security agencies so that anytime there is crisis, the committee should handle it or transfer the case to the security agents,” Mazawaje said.

He described peace as a “priceless commodity,” adding that members of the committee were chosen because they understood the challenges facing their people.

The governor’s aide cautioned members of the committee against partiality to ensure that they achieved the purpose for which the organ was set up.

He urged residents of the area not to take laws into their hands, but to report their grievances to the committee or security operatives.

Chairman of the committee, Dogara Umar, pledged to justify the confidence reposed on the committee and called for support and cooperation of the people.

Clashes over land are commonplace between farmers and cattle herders in Lafia. Violent clashes have resulted in deaths

– CAJ News


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