Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has appealed to the people of Bonta and Ukpute communities of Konshisha and Oju Local Government areas to lay down their arms to pave the way for peaceful resolution of their protracted crisis.
Governor made the appeal when he visited Bonta and Ukpute communities following the renewed crisis in which persons from both Tiv and Igede tribes lost their lives.
The crisis between the communities claimed the lives of 12 army personnel, murdered in April this year.
The Governor was accompanied by his Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, National and State Assembly members and other top Government officials.
Governor Ortom said allowing the crisis to linger would only bring death, hunger and sickness.
He stressed that Government has been working hard to demarcate the boundary between the two communities and sued for their cooperation.
He promised to liaise with the State Commissioner of Police to station a police post at their boundary.
Senator representing Benue North East, Gabriel Suswam and his Benue South counterpart, Aba 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 have agreed totally to the peace message brought by the Governor but appealed that concrete steps should be taken to amicably resolve the issues.
Reporting by Terna Injua; Editing by Tina Oyinsan