From VICTOR GAI, Jalingo

The prolonged Jukun/Tiv crisis “has been hijacked by criminal elements from both the Jukun and Tiv communities and therefore the two communities should expose the criminal elements amongst them to pave way for peace effort”.

This was agreed upon by  stakeholders from Jukun and Tiv communities at the end of a Two-Day stakeholders meeting to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis between the Jukun-Tiv on Thursday in Jalingo.

The meeting which was chaired by deputy governor, Haruna Manu, came out with a communique in which a thirty-man committee has been set up to implement the peace process for peace to return to the affected communities.

Other decisions contained in the communique are that: 1-The two communities (Jukun/Tiv) unanimously resolved to support the peace process and urged government to provide security in the communities affected by the crisis in Wukari,Takum and Donga LGAs. 2-The communities developed a one week peace building template (attached) to be implemented with effect from Thursday 26th September, 2019. 3- During the one week period, there will be complete cessation of hostilities and all forms of attacks from the two communities. 4-That all roadblocks in the affected communities should be dismantled, and there should be  monitoring of attacks in communities, release of all kidnap victims and reopening of markets in the affected communities. 5-That government should ensure return of all displaced persons to their places of abode and provide relief material to ameliorate their hardship. 6-That there should be massive sensitisation and creation of awareness in the affected local government areas of the peace agreement between the two communities and traditional rulers, local government chairmen and otherwise relevant stakeholders including the youths should be involved in the peace building process.

Stakeholders in attendance were: Secretary to the Government of Taraba State, Anthony Jellason, top government officials, security chiefs, representative of Tiv and Jukun communities, religious leaders and leaders of thought.

SUNDAY STANDARD however, learnt that the latest meeting was a follow-up to an earlier meeting hosted by the Federal government during which it was agreed that the Taraba State government should resolve the crisis locally.

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