Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has directed all traditional leaders in areas affected by the crisis which has forced thousands of people out of their homes to ensure the safe return of the people to their ancestral homes.
Following the directive of the governor, some traditional rulers have commenced arrangements for the return of the displaced persons.
In Bali local government, Alhaji Mohammed Gidado Misa, the district head, disclosed the decision of the governor in a meeting with local chiefs in his area to perfect the arrangement.
It could be recalled that some Tiv, Jukun and Fulani ethnic groups were forced to flee their homes in central and southern parts of the state early last year, following attacks on them and had been taking refuge in camps within and outside the state.
One Mohammed, who admitted he was summoned in Jalingo by Governor Ishaku together with the Chief of Gassol in Gassol local government, noted that the governor has directed them to ensure the safe return of IDPs in their domains.
Governor Ishaku, according to him, has directed that all lands belonging to the IDPs, and which were being occupied illegally by others, should be released to them with immediate effect.
Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the local government, Mallam Isah, welcomed the development but appealed to the state government to flush out criminals terrorizing residents of the area to pave way for the peaceful return of the IDPs.
He opined that government should facilitate the return of herdsmen to Donga and Wukari local government areas where they were also forced to leave to continue their normal lives.
While welcoming the idea, the Ter Bali in Bali local government, Zaki David Gbaa Tella, commended governor Darius Ishaku for keeping to his campaign promise of returning peace back to the state, saying as peace loving and law abiding people, they would forever remain grateful to the governor’s peace moves.
Chairman of Bali local government, Mr. Danladi Suntai who was represented by Director of Personnel Management welcomed the state government directive and urged the people to live in peace with one another for development to take place.

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