The Nasarawa State peace summit has commenced with a plea by the state governor, Umaru Almakura, to warring factions to sheathe their swords for peace.
Although journalists were barred from the interactive session, PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, and the Senators from the state did not attend the event.
Mr. Almakura who kick-started the meeting around 12 noon said the session was not held to apportion blames but to find solutions to the frequent crises that has bedevilled the state for over two years.
Mr. Almakura lamented the killings across the state and restated his government’s commitment to find peace in the state.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone D, Adeola Adeniji, said the meeting was timely considering the zone has been troubled for a while. Mr. Adeola said it is criminal for individuals to handle firearms and that anyone caught will be dealt with according to the law.
He called on aggrieved individuals to seek constitutional means of redress and thanked traditional rulers, stakeholders and the media for their contribution towards getting peace in the state.