Benue communal crisis: Community leaders embrace peace as Governor Ortom intervenes

Leaders of Bonta and Ukpute communities in Konshisha and Oju local government areas of Benue State, on Monday, agreed to end the lingering communal crisis between them which has led to the killing of scores of residents.

DAILY POST recalls that the two communities have had series of clashes leading to the death of many villagers in the areas while lots of properties were destroyed.

The two communities made the pledge to bury the hatchet when Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, led some top government officials to a peace meeting with the leaders of the warring communities.

Ortom, who was accompanied by his Deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu, members of the National Assembly and State Assemblies, and other top government officials, told stakeholders of the communities that allowing the crisis to linger would only bring death, hunger and poverty to them.

The governor appealed to the people of Bonta and Ukpute to lay down their arms to pave the way for peaceful resolution of their protracted crisis which has lasted for more than two years.

Governor Ortom maintained that where there is no peace, there would be no tangible development.

According to him, two wrongs can never make a right, stressing that already, the government has been working hard towards demarcating the boundary between the two communities and sued for their cooperation.

Responding to the appeals for a Police team to be stationed in the crises torn area, the Governor assured the people of his determination to liaise with the police hierarchy to station a police post at their boundary but warned against a repeat of the incident in Bonta where the army personnel was murdered.

Senator representing Benue North East, Gabriel Suswam and his Benue South counterpart, Abba Moro, re-echoed the need for the people to give peace a chance, noting that escalating the crisis would not serve any useful purpose.

Tor Jechira, Chief Clement Uganden who represented Tor Tiv, and Oche Otukpo-Ohimini, Chief Mike Okochi representing the Och’Idoma commended the peace initiative of the Governor, saying with his determination, the two communities would witness peace again.

Speaking on behalf of the youths from both communities, Terkula Akaakar, Emmanuel Akpen and Mike Ube said they had agreed totally to the peace message brought by the Governor but appealed that concrete steps should be taken to amicably resolve the issues.

Benue communal crisis: Community leaders embrace peace as Governor Ortom intervenes

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