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Gov Bindow to mediate in Plateau’s herdsmen, farmers’ killings

Jos—Governor Mohammadu Bindow of Adamawa State has offered to broker peace between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Plateau State to halt midnight attacks on rural communities at Miango, in Bassa Local Government, which have come under attacks that have claimed several lives in the last three weeks.

Among villages hit were Ncha, Taegbe and Ndizewron where 26, six and 29 persons were confirmed killed, respectively.

Governor Jibrilla Bindow

Governor Bindow, who visited his Plateau State counterpart, Simon Lalong, to commiserate with him over the attacks, described the violence as “unacceptable” and pledged to work with Lalong to end the bloodshed.

“As a governor of a state that hosts the leader of the Fulani worldwide, the Lamido of Adamawa, I am in a good position to intercede, if it is established that Fulani people are involved in the hostilities,” he added.

Bindow said he was particularly saddened by the violence because he grew up in Plateau State and was an ex-student of Government Secondary School, Miango, where the attacks were being carried out.

He promised: “I will lead my brother, the Governor of Plateau State, to the Lamido for discussions. I will plead with the Lamido to visit the area to speak with the people, if need be.

“I don’t know where the Plateau problem came from, but we will join hands with you and do our best to ensure that the problem becomes a thing of the past.”

Lalong responds

In his response, Lalong appreciated Bindow for the show of affection, saying the visit had strengthened the relationship between the two states.

He regretted that violence was returning to Plateau State after two years of uninterrupted peace, noting that “for 15 years, violence was our lot. But that was replaced by two years of stability before the recent incidences.”

Lalong, however, said the people of Plateau were determined to sustain the peace and urged the residents to promptly report any suspicious persons or movement to law enforcement agencies.

 


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