Warring Communities In Taraba Sign Peace Deal

Taraba state logoThe Jukun, Tiv and Fulani communities in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba on Wednesday in Wukari signed a peace agreement to end ongoing clashes in the area.

The agreement was signed at a meeting presided over by the state acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, and the Paramount Ruler of Wukari and Chairman, Taraba Traditional Council, Dr Shekarau Angyu.

Umar said at the occasion that the government would pay compensation for property destroyed and also continue to provide relief materials for the internally displaced persons.

“We thank God that the major tribes involved in the crisis have decided to give peace a chance by calling us to witness the signing.

“The state government will help in looking for the cows and other items that were missing during the crisis so that peace will permanently return among the tribes in Wukari and other parts of the state”, he said.

Those who signed the agreement on behalf of their people include: Mr Zando Hoku, state Chairman Jukun Cultural Association, Mr James Nungwa, state Chairman Tiv Cultural and Development Association and Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, state Chairman Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.

Others were all heads of security agencies in the state, all traditional rulers in the affected communities and youths groups.

NAN reports that with the peace deal, the curfew imposed on Wukari is now relaxed to run from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m.

NAN recalls that crisis broke out in Wukari on April 15 following protest by youths of the area over alleged killings in the surrounding villages by suspected herdsmen, leaving at least 50 persons dead and property destroyed. (NAN)

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