In an effort to stop the continuous killings and destruction of property by killer herdsmen, the Eha-Amufu communities in Isiuzo Local Government Area of Enugu State and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria have set up a joint task force to provide security in the area.
Communities in Eha-Amufu such as Mgbuji and Agu-Amede Autonomous Communities have witnessed ferocious attacks ranging from kidnapping, killing and burning of property of locals by suspected killer herdsmen.
The recent incidents were the kidnapping of 15 farmers in Mgbuji and the killing of two, with the kidnapping of three others in Agu-Amede Autonomous Communities in July. No fewer than 20 farm settlements in the two communities were also sacked and properties burnt.
Addressing journalists after a close door meeting at the Government House on Saturday, the Chairman, Eha-Amufu and Fulani Communities Peace and Reconciliation Committee, Mr Tony Edeh, said the two sides had agreed to set up a joint taskforce tackle the incessant attack.
Edeh said the groups agreed to set aside their differences and continue to live together in peace.
According to him, a committee with members from both sides was inaugurated and mandated to reconcile the two groups and work out a sustainable solution to the spate of insecurity in the area.
The committee chairman said the groups had been able to find a lasting solution to the problems.
He said the committee also agreed on a number of things on how to forestall such incidences that led to the mistrust between the pastoralists and their host community.
“We have agreed on a number of things on how to move forward and make sure that the conflict is resolved. It is better to follow peace and we have all agreed that we will continue with peace.
“In no distant time, we will start the implementation of those necessary steps in order to continue to live together peacefully,” Edeh said.
Also, the Anglican Bishop of Eha-Amufu Diocese, Bishop Daniel Odinga, described the peace and reconciliation deal as a good one.
Odinga said that it was good that both parties involved in the conflict met to resolve the issues.
“The meeting was a good one because the people involved in the conflict have come together to resolve the issues. We have agreed to start relating well and stop all the kidnap and attacks.
“It is for us now to articulate our points and meet the government to come in and be involved in settling the matter completely so that we will live in peace like before,” Odinga said.
Furthermore, a representative of the Fulani community and South-East Zonal Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, commended the process.
Siddiki said it was gratifying that the mutual suspicion between the herders and members of their host community had been laid to rest.
“Our people were being suspected as the perpetrators of the series of kidnap and attacks in the area. We in turn were suspected members of the host community as being responsible.
“So we decided to come together to find out what is actually happening in that area so that we can agree on how to police the community and live together in peace,” he said.