The government of Taraba state has pledged to establish state-wide ranches as part of efforts to eradicate the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
This policy direction was announced by Rebo Usman, the state’s Chief of Staff after a security stakeholders meeting that held in Jalingo, the state capital.
The building of the ranches was accepted after consultations between the two states most affected by the violent clashes between the farmers and herdsmen.
Governors Darius Ishaku and Samuel Ortom of Taraba and Benue states respectively, according to Usman, met and believe that when the ranches are built, “clashes between the two groups will reduce to a minimum”.
Usman said it was the responsibility of the government to provide conducive environment for farmers and herdsmen to peacefully conduct their activities.
The Chief of Staff, however, said reports have been reaching the state command of a large influx of herdsmen on the invitation of elements within the state. He urged calm as this development recent has become a matter of concern to the government.
He said: “Security reports have attributed over 80 percent of cases of farmland destruction, rape, robbery, cattle rustling and communal clashes in Ardo-Kola, Karim-Lamido, Lau and Kurmi to these herdsmen.
“Government has it on good account that the herdsmen are trooping into the state on the invitation of some personalities.
“In view of the foregoing, Gov. Ishaku wishes to appeal to those responsible for the influx of the herdsmen to desist,” Usman said.
He urged people to be law abiding and report movements of strange people to ensure peace and stability in the state.