Leaders discuss means to stop communal violence

Lafia- Nigeria (PANA) -- As uneasy calm prevails in Nigeria's central Nasarawa state, where over two weeks of communal fighting have left about 200 people dead, leaders of the state and the nearby Benue state met Saturday to find ways of ending the violence.
The meeting, held at the Nasarawa capital of Lafia, brought together governors Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa and George Akume of Benue, as well as other political, religious and traditional leaders.
Details of the meeting were not available, but Nasarawa government officials told PANA in Lafia that it was successful.
"Very soon you will begin to see the results in the affected areas," one of the officials said Saturday.
The fighting broke out 12 June between the Hausa-speaking Azara people and the Tiv community in the state, following the murder of the chief of Azara, Musa Ibrahim, by unknown persons.
The Azara are the original settlers while the Tiv came from nearby Benue State.
More than 50,000 people have been displaced in the clashes characterised by the use of locally manufactured guns, cutlasses and sticks, among others.
About 9,000 of the displaced people have taken refuge in the three camps located at Daudu, Ukpam and Lafia while others are being hosted by friends and relatives.
Akume, who arrived in Lafia amid heavy security earlier in the day, toured the affected areas, and later urged the fleeing Tiv people to return to the state once the crisis is over.
"You are all indigenes of this state, so you cannot go elsewhere," the Benue governor said.
The Police said they had succeeded in bringing the situation under control after they got reinforcements from nearby states as well as the federal capital, Abuja.

01 july 2001 16:14:00

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