Benue, Taraba constitute joint border patrol team

BENUE-STATEIn their search to curtail indiscriminate attacks within and along the border communities of their states, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and his Taraba State counterpart, Darius Ishaku have announced the setting up of a joint Benue-Taraba peace committee to monitor the situation in the border communities of the two states.

Similarly, a joint military-police patrol will be drafted from the two states to intensify security surveillance at the border areas.

These were part of resolutions contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the joint Benue-Taraba security meeting held at the Government House, Makurdi.

Also during the joint states security councils meeting, the two states advocated the creation of ranches in designated areas as a long term measure to reduce conflict between farmers and herdsmen as well as encouraged peaceful co-existence among the people.

The two states in the communiqué read by Governor Ortom urged traditional rulers in the two states to create a platform of interaction to enhance peaceful co-existence in their domains, even as they agreed to establish agro-allied industries to absorb the teeming youths of the states, in order to discourage idleness.

It urged individuals or communities that have found themselves in either of the states to submit themselves to constituted authorities and respect the rules and tenets of such states in addition to providing relief materials to internally displaced persons as an interim measure at cushioning their hardship.

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