- The people of Taraba state have pledged to live in peace
- They said their actions and taking up arms to fight one another has stalled development in certain areas of the state
- According to the residents, they would never again allow any form of crisis to stall development in their state
The residents of the Mambilla Plateau, Sardauna local government area of Taraba, on Sunday, April 29, expressed regret for taking up arms against one another.
The residents, at a town hall meeting with a high powered assessment committee set up by Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba, said their actions had delayed the development of their area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee was set up to quantify the damage caused by recurrent crises with a view to rebuilding the affected areas.
The caretaker chairman of the council, Godwill Sol, noted that the people of the area had vowed never to allow any form of crisis to retard their development.
Sol explained that the people could not afford to toy with the peace needed for the take off of the 3,050 Mega Watts Mambilla Hydro Power Dam and other government’s projects earmarked for the area.
Jibo Mbamga, chairman of Fulani Chiefs (Ardos) Forum in the council, noted that all his members had assessed the situation and decided to oppose conflicts for the good of their subjects.
“The recurrent crises have been causing harm than good to all the tribes on the Mambilla Plateau. Our people have resolved to say no to anything that will breed crises in this community," he said.
In his contributions, Saleh Dulah, the chairman of village chiefs (Jauros), explained that most of the crises that had occurred in the area could not be traced to any convincing reason. He pledged the chiefs’ commitment to ensure permanent peace on the plateau for rapid development.
Shehu Baju, the chief of Mambilla, had earlier told the committee at a courtesy call on him that the traditional council had gone round to take census of the damage caused by the crises.
Baju noted that many of his subjects, who were displaced by the June 2017 and March 2018 crises, had returned to their homes after getting assurances of restoration of peace by the government.
Earlier, the committee’s chairman, Emmanuel Njiwah, told the people that the mission of the 19-member body was to ascertain the correct number of deaths and houses burnt. The committee, he said, would also ascertain the number of cows stolen or killed and other properties destroyed during the two crises.
Njiwah, a former Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon, explained that the report of the committee would be followed immediately with support from Ishaku for the rehabilitation of victims.
He promised that the sub-technical committee, made up of quantity surveyors, architects and site engineers, would do a thorough job in all the affected villages for accurate compensation.
Representatives of Mambilla, Fulani, Kambu, Kaka and Panso tribes, who spoke at the meeting, were unanimous on their resolve to keep permanent peace for rapid development.
The committee later proceeded on an assessment tour of affected villages, beginning from Yerimaru, Kasala saa, Nyiwa and Gimba.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the troops deployed for the Exercise Ayem Akpatuma in Taraba state arrested some criminals.
The criminals were said to have been arrested by the army alongside some personnel of the Nigeria Police along Mayo Ndaga area of Taraba state.
Various weapons including sheets of zinc, bed and locally made pistol were recovered from one of the suspect identified as Amos Titus.
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