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Peace now prevails in Gwako village, says FCTA

02 March 2013, 09:31

Gwagwalada - Peace has now been restored between the Gwaris and the Fulanis in Gwako 1 village, Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Secretary, Area Council Service Secretariat of the FCTA, Alhaji Alhassan Gwagwa, made this known after a visit to the area in Gwako village on Friday.

Gwagwa said he visited the community to assess the success of peace and the reconciliation efforts carried out after the clash.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that two people were killed and many others displaced as a result of the clash between the Fulanis and Gwaris in Gwagwalada on Dec. 24, 2012.

He said that the committee set up to monitor the village got a report that some people now move about with dane guns and cutlasses.

"I warned both parties to desist from going to farm or moving about with dangerous weapons, especially guns or cutlasses,” he said.

Gwagwa said that the Gwari’s had complained that the Fulani’s were vacating the village in fear of being attacked even after the reconciliation.

On the issue of compensation promised to the affected victims, the secretary said that he would forward their complaint of non-compensation to the committee in charge of it.

He called on the leaders of both parties to caution their youths to desist from all immoral behaviour that could ignite further crises.

The Vice Chairman of the Fulani’s also known as Miyatti Allah, Mr Suleman Abubakar, alleged that the Gwari’s move about with weapons.

Abubakar said they have been vacating the village even before the crises, adding their fate concerning land for farming and grazing was unknown to them.

"We have been vacating before the crises, although the ministerial instruction has given some of us courage to remain in FCT.

"We don’t know our fate as far as land for farming and grazing are concerned but we will return during rainy season,” he said.

The Garukwa of Gwako, Mr Salisu Adamu, complained that their farms were tampered with and were destroyed, especially their yams.

He advised that since they have been living together for long, it should continue, adding that they were willing to deal with anyone caught causing problem in the village. 


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