Benue, Taraba set up 10-man peace committee as clashes clontinue

Benue, Taraba set up 10-man peace committee as clashes clontinue

- The Benue and Taraba state governments set up a 10-man committee to look into the clashes between the Tiv and Jukun communities

- The committee, which has been inaugurated, is to carry out an enlightenment campaign to the affected areas

- The committee is also to assess the level of damage resulting from the clashes and proffer solutions

Following escalating inter-ethnic crises between the Tiv and the Jukun communities, the Benue and Taraba state governments have set up a 10-man peace committee to see to the end of violence in the areas.

The committee, according to TVC, has three months to identify the causes of the clashes between the two communities. It is also to suggest a peace plan.

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Apart from these mandates, the committee is further to to visit the affected areas and enlighten them as well as assess the level of the destruction of properties in the affected areas.

The report said the deputy governors of the two states met in Wukari town for the second time in two weeks over the issue.

At the meeting, the committee, which has five members from each state, was inaugurated.

Benson Abounu, acting governor of Benue, urged the committee to be fair and help reveal the causes and solutions to the problems.

Legit.ng earlier reported that troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion Makurdi, deployed for internal security operation in Katsina -Ala LGA of Benue, recently averted what could have been a terrible clash between two Tiv clans - Shitile and Ikyora.

The Nigerian Army, in a statement released on Monday, April 22 by its acting director of public relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, made this known, saying the force swung into action upon receiving intelligence reports of the planed attack.

Sagir said the 72 SF battalion troops immediately laid an ambush for the armed bandit along the suspected route where they intercepted the armed fighters.

Also, communal clashes in Benue reportedly escalated with the killing of 11 people as gunmen opened fire on Christian worshippers at Tse-Aye and Tse-Ngibo, Ikurav Tiev in Katsina-Ala local government area.

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The attack was as a result of the rivalry between the people of Shitile and neighbouring communities in Sankera area of the state comprising Logo, Ukum and Katsina/Ala local government areas.

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