Fulanis/farmers clash: IGP sets up committee to resolve crises

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 29th, 2014

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has set up a committee to resolve the lingering clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in some parts of the country.

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement on Friday said the committee is headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operations.

President-General, Miyetti Allah, the umbrella body of the herdsmen, and three other members of the body were included in the committee, while president and executive members of Farmers’ Association of Nigeria are also members.

Community leaders of the affected areas in Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara, some of the states affected by the clashes, also make the list.

Mba disclosed that the formation of the committee followed an interactive meeting between the Inspector-General and the leadership of Miyetti Allah at the Force Headquarters on Thursday.

“The essence of the meeting was to find an alternative dispute resolution mechanism geared towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering crises.

“In addition to the ongoing crisis management measures and strategies being implemented by the force, there was need to meet with stakeholders and parties to the conflict,” the statement added.

It directed the committee to visit all the affected states and liaise with the police commands as well as the governors and other stakeholders to resolve the crises.

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