Army brokers peace between Tiv, Jukun in Benue, Taraba
The military operation code-named Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) has brokered peace between the warring Tiv and Jukun people of Taraba and Benue States as part of its non-kinetic action.
The peace meeting which held in Rufinkada village, Wukari Local Government area of Taraba State on Monday had stakeholders drawn from the two ethnic groups such as political leaders,
Stakeholders at the meeting agreed that from now henceforth, both Benue and Taraba state governments must begin giving commensurate political appointments to Tiv or Jukun minorities in the respective states. It was also agreed at the meeting that OPWS would deploy troops along that route so that road users are not attacked along even as a 12-man peace and reconciliation committee made up of six members from each ethnic group was set up to work in collaboration with security agencies. Yekini, while speaking to newsmen after the meeting said it became necessary to initiate peace deals between the two warring communities because the solution to the crisis lies more with the people. He recalled that at the end of one of the kinetic operations his troops carried out in the area, six assorted weapons were recovered from youths of both ethnic groups while eight youths were arrested and one was shot dead. He, however, warned youths in the area who were currently in possession of illegal weapons with the purpose of using same to commit arson to surrender them immediately or be made to face the wrath of the law if caught.