Agatu Farmers/Fulani Herdsmen sign peace pact

by on January 20, 2017
Towards arriving at a lasting solu­tion over contin­ued skirmishes between Fulani herdsmen and Agatu farmers in Benue State, truce was yesterday achieved with stakehold­ers from both sides reach­ing an agreement that would ensure the cessa­tion of hostilities.
This came after series of meetings between Benue and Nasarawa State gov­ernments which were brokered late last year at a meeting in Lafia, the Na­sarawa State capital.
Reading the commu­nique on Wednesday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi shortly after a two day peace meeting at­tended by representatives of the Agatu people, Fu­lani herdsmen, Security Chiefs and oth-er stake­holders, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State who read out the communiqué jointly signed by the two governors, informed that with the latest moves tak­en, it was evidently clear that lasting peace was on its way to the troubled ar­eas.
According to the com­muniqué, the following resolutions were reached; that the Agatu people and Fulani herdsmen have agreed to make peace and forgive one another. (2) That only designated routes as con-tained in the agreement shall be used for the purpose of graz­ing. (3) That this privilege is granted only to indige­nous herdsmen.
It also contained that; grazing shall start at the end of February each year after harvest. (4) That the two state governments with support from donor agencies will liaise and raise funds to support vic­tims of the crisis.
It noted the proliferation of arms in the troubled ar­eas and charged securi­ty agencies to check same and also called on all per­sons with illegal weapons to surrender same.
It also directed stake­holders at the peace meet­ing to go back and con­vene further meetings and brief their subjects ad­equately and charged both parties to refrain from tak­ing laws into their hands.

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