- The Berom and Fulani communities in Jol and Mahanga have met after 18 years of hostilities
- The two groups agreed to stop their violent fighting that has affected hundreds of people
- Attempts have been made in past to facilitate their peaceful coexistence to no avail
The Berom and Fulani communities in Jol and Mahanga located in Riyom local government area of Plateau state have resolved to end their 18 years ethno-religious hostilities.
Daily Trust reports that Mahanga, an enclave dominated by the Fulani which the Berom traditionally refer to as Rankum and Jol, a Berom community were notorious for violence.
The two groups met on Saturday, April 27, following efforts by pro-peace international organization; Search for Common Ground (SFCG), to proffer solution that will enhance their co-existence.
Patience Chaimang who is the project coordinator said this was the first time the two communities were coming together 18 years after the beginning of their crises.
Chaimang said “their coming together is a starting point for peace.”
“We believe that peace is a process and taking this first step is very crucial as we intend to sustain it for a maximum and effective result.”
Also speaking, the national peace adviser, SFCG Ema Billings, said many organisations had tried to bring the warring parties together to no avail.
“They responded to us because according to them, we are the first people to ask them about their grievances and we also went into their communities to find out for ourselves. I can tell that there is hope to an end to the wanton killings that have engulfed this locality.”
The Imam of Mahanga, Suleiman Ibrahim identified “violent triggers as blocking of cattle routes by farmers, assaulting of shepherds by farmers which often results in injuries and sometimes death as well as hate speech amongst others."
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that 140 shelters were destroyed by fire in two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps at Monguno local government area of Borno state.
Vanguard reports that the NEMA's northeast information officer, Malam Abdulkadir Ibrahim, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, April 28, in Maiduguri, the sate capital.
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