Farmers/herders clash: Nasarawa, Benue govs meet

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sulel and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the deployment of special forces from the Nigeria Air Force to tackle insecurity in the North-Central geo-political zone.

They gave the commendation during a joint security meeting, which held at Yelewata, a border community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Wednesday.

The two governors explained that the deployment of the Air force personnel has added value to the ongoing efforts being made by the federal and state governments towards fighting criminal elements in the region.

The two governors promised that as leaders chosen by God and their people at this time to lead their respective states, they would do everything possible to ensure a lasting peace in their states.

Speaking separately during the meeting, Governor Sule said that the peace meeting was necessitated due to some recent attacks and killings along the border communities of the two states.

He said that he approached the Benue State governor when he got reports of crisis along the border communities and the subsequent claims and counter claims by the affected parties with a view to finding peace between them.

Sule explained that while the herdsmen his state claimed that the livestock guards from Benue State crossover to Nasarawa and attacked them, Benue people on the other hand said that they never operated outside their state.

He reasoned that the people from the two states are brothers therefore there was no reason for them to fight and kill each other.

He noted that Benue State has ‘Anti Open Grazing Law’ in place and advised herdsmen from Nasarawa State to stay clear of open grazing in any Benue community.

Also speaking, Governor Ortom commended his Nasarawa counterpart for initiating the peace meeting aimed at putting to rest the claims and counter claims by the two warring parties.

Ortom explained that Livestock guards have not and cannot crossover to arrest anybody who violated the Anti-open Grazing Law of Nasarawa State.

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