Jos Killings: Fulani, Irigwe youths sign peace pact

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has facilitated the signing of a peace pact between the feuding Fulani and Irigwe youths in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the peace pact is expected to bring to an end the killing spree between the two ethnic groups, as well as the destruction of property, farm produce and livestock.

The signing of the “ceasefire” followed a meeting between the two groups on Wednesday at the state Government House, as contained in a statement by the governor’s Director of Press, Makut Macham.

Mr Macham said for the second time within two weeks, the leaders of Irigwe land and Fulani community had met with Mr Lalong in an effort to find lasting solutions to the recurring violence in some areas of Bassa Local Government.

“The meeting which was held at the Government House Rayfield Jos had the representatives of the two sides under one roof who presented their positions on how best to achieve lasting peace and security in the area,” he said.

Mr Makut added that both sides had earlier met with the governor separately, expressing their readiness to forgive one another.

“They also agreed to further sit together and fine tune issues that are causing the conflict before they come up with a final document,” he said.

The statement noted that the governor had assured his government’s readiness to ensure that all criminals are arrested and prosecuted, adding that the responsibility of living in peace lies with the citizens who must come together and identify the criminals.

Mr Lalong further assured that his administration would play its part in implementing whatever pact that is signed, directing the Peace Building Agency to follow up and midwife the process.

He added that in the interim, those affected and displaced would receive palliatives from the state and Federal Government while other measures to assist them rebuild their communitieis would further be strengthened.

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