Boundary Crisis: Taraba and Benue Govs Sue for Peace

By Ikenga Chronicles February 4, 2017

Boundary Crisis: Taraba and Benue Govs Sue for Peace

—By Callistus Agwaza

The governors of Taraba and Benue states yesterday sue for peace in a bid to resolve the lingering boundary crisis between the two states, consequent on recent boundary adjustment.

Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this at a joint states security meeting held in Kashimbila after a tour of some boarder communities between Benue and Taraba states.

According to Ortom, the resultant crisis in some of the villages along the Benue-Taraba boarders that have led to wanton destruction of several lives and property and rendered even more homeless was totally unacceptable and condemnable.

Ortom said the deal was hinged on the resolution that, Moon village which was ceded to Taraba and Chanchangi which was ceded to Benue state should be returned to Benue and Taraba states respectively.

He said it became imperatively incumbent of him and his Taraba state counterpart to make the deal as result of the continued fights in the affected areas and after a critical and holistic look at the situation.

“We appreciate the National Boundary Commission for the efforts in adjusting the boundaries between Taraba and Benue. However, this adjustments have resulted into crisis that have claimed several lives such that we can no longer tolerate it…

“Today, myself and my counterpart from Taraba have resolved that we would return to the status-quo with Moon going back to Benue and Chanchanji to Taraba as against the arrangements of the Boundary commission. We would set up technical committee to fine tune the technicalities and report to us for onwards action with the boundary commission”, Ortom said.

On his part, governor Ishaku said that the people, irrespective of tribe, religion and political affiliation should learn to live in peace as there could never be any meaningful development without peace and stability.

Ishaku who said the practice of open grazing was no longer fashionable anywhere in the world, insisted that herdsmen must set up ranches to end the incessant famers-herders feud across the country.

“This is the peace initiative is between Ortom and Darius for Benue and Taraba states. I can assure you that this would not be as the previous initiatives that never yielded results in the past. We are going about this with a serious sense of dedication and commitment and such diligence that, there won’t be room for failure”, Ishaku said.

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