The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba, has set up a committee of police experts to interface with community and traditional leaders in order to end communal clashes in Nigeria.
The IGP said members of the committee include Assistant Inspector General, AIG, officers selected from the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, particularly in regions were communal clashes are prone.
Mr. Abba was speaking on Wednesday in Jos, at the Police Officers Mess, during a meeting with community leaders of different tribes and religions from the 17 local government areas of the state.
Mr. Abba, represented by Assistant Inspector General, AIG, Christopher Dega, charged the committee with the responsibility of ensuring an end to increasing communal clashes among communities in Plateau state.
“The committee is charged with the responsibility of putting an end to the loss of lives through communal clashes and to encourage and facilitate dialogue among communities. The committee is not political or religious,” Mr. Dega said.
Members of the committee include: Mr. Dega, Mohamed Jinjiri, Adeola Adeniji, Felix Uyanna, Yahaya Ardo, Joseph Mbu and Rasheed Akintunde.
Mr. Dega said the committee had visited Benue state, and discussed with stakeholders. He, however, said the committee had to put on hold a meeting of the committee in Nasarawa state due to renewed violence in that state.
Community leaders, who spoke at the meeting, identified land disputes, poverty, religious and political differences to be the major sources of the violence in the state.
A community leader from Langtang North in Plateau, who represented all traditional leaders from Tarok land, said the major challenges facing their communities are cattle rustling and criminality.
The representative of the Tarok speaking nationals at the event, Joseph Dasheloyi, said the most of their members from Wase, have been displaced as a result of land disputes.
The meeting had too few stakeholders in attendance as only 17 leaders attended the meeting, 12 were from Wase local government.
In Plateau state, there have been communal clashes between Fulani herdsmen and others natives – the Berom, Tarok and Ngas, over alleged cattle rustling and destruction of farm produce.
Several committees, have in the past, been set up to look into the Plateau clashes, but the resolutions have never been made public.