Tiv-Jukun Crisis: Benue's Ortom Commends Taraba's Ishaku For Peace Initiatives
Governors Darius Ishaku (left) and Samuel Ortom (Photo: TGNews)

Benue governor Samuel Ortom on Sunday commended his Taraba counterpart Darius Ishaku over peace initiatives aimed at ending the protracted Tiv/Jukun communal crisis in the north-eastern state, Concise News reports.

A statement by Ortoms’s Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase quoted the governor as expressing optimism that the peace overtures would yield the desired fruits.

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The crisis had claimed hundreds of lives with property worth millions of naira destroyed.

“The decision to set up a committee comprising Jukun and Tiv representatives will deepen the dialogue and prevent further conflicts in the affected areas,” the statement made available to newsmen in Makurdi said.

It further expressed optimism that measures being taken would chart the path to lasting peace.

It urged the Taraba government to sustain the efforts, while advising the warring groups to embrace the initiative and allow peace to reign.

Taraba LG boss seeks help from emergency management agencies as flood wreaks havoc

In related news, Bala Bako, the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ibi Local Government Council,  of Taraba  on Monday appealed to the emergency management agencies to come to the aid of  flood victims of Dampar community.

Bako made the appeal while briefing newsmen on the incident in Ibi local government area which did not spare police outpost, schools and worship centres.

According to him, property worth millions of Naira have been destroyed by flood in Dampar community.

“The flood which happened late Saturday night has rendered many of the residents homeless and forced them into the  Internally Displaced Persons  (IDPs) camps and some staying with relations,” he said.

Malam Hashimu Adinga, the Chief of Dampar said that this was the first time such incident had happened in the area.

“Though no loss of life, the rise in water level due to continuous heavy rainfall is scaring as it is the first of its kind in the area,” he said.