Being A Communique Issued At The End Of The Joint Meeting Between Office Of The Secretary To The Government Of The Federation And Stakeholders From Benue And Taraba States On The Jukun-Tiv Crisis Held On Wednesday 4th September, 2019 At Yar’adua Center, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
The stakeholders meeting on the Jukun-Tiv crisis held on Wednesday 4th September, 2019.
1. The meeting was attended by:
i. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha who represented the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
ii. Former Senate President, Distinguished Senator David Mark
iii. His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku;
iv. His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom;
V. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Taraba State Engr Haruna Manu
vi. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Benue State Engr. Benson Abounu;
vii. The Honorable Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly R Hon. Peter Diah;
viii. The Honorable Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Titus Uba
ix. Secretaries to the Government of the two States:
x. Members of the National Assembly from the two States
xi. Members of the State Houses of Assembly:
xii. Members of the State Houses of Assembly from the two States
xiii. The Aku Uka of Wukari, Tor-Tiv, Other Traditional Rulers Religious leaders and other critical stakeholders;
xiv The Security Chiefs, the Army, the Police Department of State Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
2. The meeting was also attended by respected leaders including serving and former Members of the National Assembly, serving and former Honorable Ministers, and representatives of Civil Society Groups, Women Associations and Youth groups from both States
3. During the meeting, there were presentations from the Deputy Governors of the two States, The Honorable Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, The Tor-Tiv and Aku-Uka of Wukari, other stakeholders from the two states as well as three representatives from each State on the crisis.
4. The speakers condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of lives and property and the meeting highlighted the following issues:
i. That the issue of criminality such as banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery were some of the causes of the crisis;
ii. That the crisis could be underpinned to lack of clear boundary demarcation between the two States;
iii. That the crisis is purely the internal affairs of Taraba State and not between Benue and Taraba States;
iv. That the crisis has brought economic activities to a halt and has led to loss of valuable lives, wanton destruction ol property and displacement of communities from their homes and;
V. That the Jukun and Tiv Communities are desirous of peaceful co-existence;
vi. Highlighted the commitment of the Federal Government to facilitate early resolution of the crisis by lending support to the peace building process most importantly coming from the two ethnic groups and;
VII. Non implementation of Agreements reached out at past meetings from the Kashimbila to the last one held in Makurdi.
5. After intensive deliberation and analysis of the issues, the meeting resolved:
i. That there should be immediate cessation of hostilities to pave way for peace building efforts
ii. That the two Governors should make strong pronouncement condemning the crisis and to visit the affected communities as a confidence building measure;
iii. That there should be massive deployment of security forces for intensive patrol and surveillance of the affected communities to checkmate the excesses of criminals and enforce law and order on the border corridors of Taraba and Benue States:
iv. That the restive youths should be empowered as a way of reducing unemployment and make them useful members of the society and;
V. That the Federal Government ensure the marking of the boundary of the two States and facilitate the implementation of all the Resolutions jointly arrived at by the two State Governments aimed at permanently resolving the crisis.
H. E. Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, Executive Governor, Taraba State,
H. E. Samuel Ortom Executive Governor Benue State,
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation.