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.