Worried by the spate of communal clashes and cattle rustling in the Plateau, Governor, Simon Lalong, has initiated a meeting with stakeholders of all the ethnic nationalities comprising of traditional rulers, Fulani community heads (Ardos), community Development heads, youth leaders and all heads of security agencies in the State.
The meeting, which was held at the Presidential Lodge, Rayfield, Jos, was initiated to end the incessant cases of killings and cattle rustling in the state. So far, no fewer than 300 persons have been killed since the spate of communal clashes began two years ago.
Consequently, the governor has constituted a 14-man committee drawn from the affected local government areas charged with the responsibility of fashioning out modalities for peaceful co-existence.
A statement signed by his director of Press Affairs, Emmauel Nanle, said “The meeting, which was presided over by the Governor Lalong, admonished all to embrace peace by building on the platform provided by the on-going strategic stakeholders’ consultation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism that will address all contending issues in the crisis”.
The Governor pleaded with the two communities to immediately embark on the cessation of hostilities and proceed with the immediate establishment of Joint Village Committees that will make input on the recommendations of the various communities to the Joint Peace Building Committee.
“Lalong directed the immediate composition of a 14- man Committee made up of seven representatives from each community of the affected local governments. They will draw out modalities for peace within the communities as well as ensure that the incessant cases of cattle rustling is reduced
“The Governor also directed the Police Commissioner, Special Task Force and the State Security Outfit (Operation Rainbow) to ensure the enforcement of law and order in these various communities particularly as it pertains to the illegal possession of firearms and dangerous weapons “.
Lalong restated his commitment to ensuring that all that is needed by the government for the restoration of peace in these communities and the state in general is achieved.
The Committee was given one month to coordinate the recommendations from the various communities which would be presented for adoption at a joint security session that would include all the stakeholders.

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