Monday, 14 March 2016

Benue Community, Fulani Herdsmen Sign Peace Pact

Turan community in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State and Fulani herdsmen have signed a peace pact, which involves sheathing their swords in-order to pave way for harmonious living.

Our correspondent reports that Moon ward and half of Mbaikyol ward in Turan community of Kwande Local Government Area had been overtaken by the herdsmen who invaded the locality and chased out its inhabitants in 2013, following the incessant boundary dispute between the people and their neighbouring Jukuns' of Kashimbilla in Taraba State.

In a communique signed by the leader of the herdsmen in charge of Kwande/Takum axis, Yakubu Abubakar and Zaki Yalu Agbo, the Mue Ter Turan among other witnesses including ex-member of House of Representatives, retired Col. Benjamin Aboho, at the end of its second reconciliation meeting on Friday, the parties agreed to embrace peace.

The two ethnic groups resolved to drop their arms and live together in harmony so that the displaced Tiv people would return to their villages which had been occupied by the Fulanis' as soon as possible.

The Fulani herders agreed to vacate the Tiv homes, noting that they are basically after grazing and not occupation of land while the Tiv elders promised to stop their youths from killing or stealing Fulani cows.

At the end of the meeting, a committee comprising of 20 people from both parties was set up in line with the various peace resolution while both Tiv and Fulani women spoke in support of the idea.

Our correspondent reports that the herdsmen who turned out in large number for the meeting further demonstrated their sincerity by bringing along to the meeting their wives who served the Tiv people with fresh milk.

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