Kajo Martins, Makurdi
The efforts of the Benue State Security Council to ensure sustainable peace between the Bonta and Ukpute communities living at the border areas of Konshisha and Oju Local Government Areas has ended with a warning to criminals against instigating crisis in the two communities.
The security meeting was attended by members of the Benue State Security Council Chaired by Governor Samuel Ortom Governor, Senators Gabriel Suswam, Abba Moro and Barnabas Gemade, Federal House of Representatives Members from Oju/Obi Federal Constituency, Samson Ukwu, a representative of the House of Representative Member from Vandeikya/Konshisha, Herman Hembe and Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission from Benue state and traditional rulers.
In a communique signed by governor Samuel Ortom and twelve others, it condemned criminality among youths of both communities and agreed that there should be immediate cessation of hostilities to pave way for the peaceful demarcation of the borders of the Two communities while erring members of the communities should be sanctioned.
The communiqué call for constant hosting of stakeholders meetings involving the two communities.
According to the communique, council chairmen of Konshisha and Oju with their deputies in conjunction with Government of Benue State is to fix a date for sensitisation meeting of the two communities before the actual demarcation exercise.
It directed that the access road from Konshisha/Oju should be opened and remain accessible and safe to all and sundry with regular Security patrol to restore peace, law and order for business to thrive.
“The two Local Government Areas should provide enabling environment for the establishment of a Police post within the area to serve both Bonta and Ukpute communities and urged Traditional Rulers to sit up and take full charge of their domains”.
It advised Youths in collaboration with the Traditional Rulers and Security Agencies to fish out criminal elements amongst them to pave way for sustainable peace in the area while faiths based organisations should encourage communities on the need for peaceful coexistence.