A joint Vigilante group comprising the Natives in Bokkos local government council of Plateau state and Fulanis would soon be formed in order to bring back lasting peace to the locality.
This stand was contained in a communique presented at the end of a Stakeholders meeting between the Joint Security Committee and the Relevant Stake holders from Bokkos local government Area held at the Police Officers Mess yesterday in Jos.
The Fulanis and the natives had been on each other’s throats for a long time leading to loss of lives on both sides.
The meeting which was chaired by the Commander of the Special Task Force (STF), Major-General Henry Ayoola had in attendance , heads of security agencies , Plateau state Government officials , local government officials , traditional and community leader from both Fulani and the Natives.
The communique reads in part, “In the continuing efforts to sustain the peace in the state especially in Bokkos we the stake holders have resolved that deliberate measures must be put in place to regulate the influx of illegal immigrants who have been involved in the conflicts. The attacks and counter attacks must be put to a halt, particularly the youths must be sensitized to desist from such acts and also youths should be sensitized against drug abuse. Community leaders and parents must be willing to expose criminal elements among them.
“All internally displaced persons should be encouraged to return to their original places of Abode as the local government in Collaboration with the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) should handle this with the assistance of security agencies. Religious leaders should continue to appeal to their followers to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of tribe and religion.
“Those arrested in the course of crisis should be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted in the law courts. We are calling on the people of the state to forgive one another of their recent past happenings as there is no alternative to peace. Leaders should be truthful , sincere and always disseminate decisions reached at all fora to their subjects. Also efforts should be put in place to discourage fabrication and rumour-mongering among the people.”