Boundary crisis: Taraba, Benue governors sue for peace

Pledge To Maintain Status-quo

Not comfortable with the crisis that erupted between the people of Benue and Taraba States, following the recent boundary adjustment, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom have agreed to put aside the adjustment and maintain status-quo.

The governors, yesterday, embarked on a peace mission to Moon Village in Kwande Local Government of Benue State and Kashimbilla Village in Takum Council of Taraba State, admonishing the people of the affected areas to bury their hatchet as the state governments were leaving no stone unturned to restore peace back to the deserted communities.

The said boundary adjustment, which was recently carried out by the National Boundary Commission, ceded parts of Taraba State to Benue and parts of Benue State to Taraba, resulting in the affected communities taking up arms against one another.

Ortom said both states have a lot in common, beckoning on all those taking refuge in neighbouring states and local government councils to return home. On his part, Ishaku said the two governors have agreed to be on same page on the issue to ensure peace; aside they are working assiduously to make sure the problems are resolved amicably.

“We want peace to reign. We have sat and we have agreed to maintain status quo. The details of the boundaries would be worked out as produced by the boundary adjustments of 1923-1924.” The peace meeting, they agreed would be a continuous process.

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