Fu­lani, South­ern Kaduna agree on truce

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir & Sun­day Isuwa, Kaduna

Fu­lani pas­toral­ist groups and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in South­ern Kaduna yes­ter­day agreed to end hos­til­i­ties to nor­mal­iz­ing re­la­tions. The two par­ties reached the agree­ment at a meet­ing with the Peace and Con­cil­i­a­tion Com­mit­tee set up by the IGP Mo­hammed Abubakar on Tues­day in Kaduna.

The com­mit­tee headed by DIG Michael Zuoku­mor con­ducted a two-day meet­ing with the fac­tions in a bid to end farmer­pas­toral­ists vi­o­lence. In the end, both par­ties signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing in which they agreed to re­solve their dif­fer­ences. Pres­i­dent of South­ern Kaduna Peo­ples Union (SOKAPU) Dr Ephraim Goje, who took part in the meet­ing, said his group and Fu­lani pas­toral­ists had reached a truce. Goje said who­ever breaches the agree­ment would be pros­e­cuted ac­cord­ing to the law.

Chair­man of the Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Kaduna, Al­haji Ah­madu Suleiman, said pas­toral­ist as­so­ci­a­tions and all Fu­lani people liv­ing in South­ern Kaduna would abide by the agree­ments reached at the meet­ing and hold dis­cus­sions with other com­mu­ni­ties from time to time to fur­ther strengthen re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

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Sym­pa­this­ers at the Maiduguri Mon­day mar­ket, which was razed by fire on Tues­day evening.

OMIRIN OLATUNJI

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