Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has called on the police as well as the Fulani and Berom community leaders to end the incessant attacks on innocent citizens in the state.
The governor spoke on Saturday in Jos, during a meeting with leaders of the Fulani, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Riyom, Jos South and Barkin Ladi, Local Government Areas and state Commissioner of police, Nasiru Oki.
The governor, while addressing the gathering, expressed displeasure with the renewed violence in the state.
Mr. Lalong appealed to the Fulani and Berom to sheath their swords in the interest of peace and progress of the state.
On Friday, four people lost their lives in Rakung village of Barkinladi in an early morning attack.
The Berom and Fulani of Plateau state have been fighting one other over alleged cattle rustling by Berom and destruction of farm produce by Fulani herdsmen.
Governor Lalong urged the warring factions to tolerate each other, and allow total peace to prevail.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the close door meeting, the governor’s media aide, Emmanuel Nanle, said a similar meeting between the governor and Berom community leaders will be holding soon, followed by a meeting of both warring factions.
Mr. Nanle said, “The governor is concerned with the resumption of hostilities between Fulani Herdsmen and Berom of Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas resulting in series of reprisal attack”.
According to Mr. Lalong’s aide, Saturday’s meeting created an avenue for the Fulanis to register their grievances.
The meeting was held at the Government Lodge, Rayfield in Jos.