Lafia – Nasarawa State Government on Tuesday announced its intention to convene a security summit to discuss strategies of averting frequent communal clashes in the state.
Gov. Umaru Al-makura, who announced this decision shortly after an emergency security meeting at the Government House, Lafia, disclosed that more than 50 people had been arrested in connection with the crisis.
The governor expressed worry about the constant killings among the different ethnic groups of Agatu, Eggon and Fulani.
According to him, traditional rulers, local government chairmen, elder statesmen and other stakeholders from the state will be invited for the meeting to discuss solution to the problem.
Al-Makura said that there was need for people of the state to continue to learn to live in peace with each other, irrespective of religious, tribal, political or ethnic differences.
“We strongly need this unity, if we are to continue to forge ahead as a united and indivisible entity,” he said.
According to the governor, without peace and unity, socioeconomic development will continue to elude any society.
He wondered why the people who have been staying peacefully with one another would now take arms against themselves because of an issue which could be amicably resolved.
The governor commended the efforts of the security operatives, especially the military personnel for the arrest and for restoring peace.
Al-Makura said that his administration would not sit on the fence watching disgruntled elements and enemies of the progress disturbing the peace of the land.
He assured that anybody found or linked with the crisis, no matter how highly placed in the society would face the full wrath of the law.
The emergency meeting had in attendance, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abayomi Akeremale, alongside other chief security officers in the state. (NAN)