The Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), on Thursday, held a town-hall meeting between the village heads of Hausa/Fulani communities, farmers and natives, to marshal out guidelines for peaceful conduct during the rainy season.
The Commander OPSH, Major-General Tagbo Ude, however placed a ban on cattle-rearing from the hours of 7 p.m. within the hinterlands and also prohibited the act of using under-aged children for grazing.
Recall that most of the problems leading to crisis in the hinterlands is as a result of destruction of farmlands and cattle rustling.
Commanders of various sectors in charge of the hinterlands, enumerated before Gen. Ude, in a power-point presentation, various degrees of crimes caused by both the Fulani herdsmen and the natives.
They also stated that peace has actually returned to the communities as a result of their tireless efforts, but stressed that some little fraction of ‘never-do- well were bent on disrupting the hard-earned peace.
Ude stated, besides, a need for peaceful co-existence, and called on all parties involved to consolidate on the peace that was already in place.
According to Ude, “OPSH will take decisive steps against those that are sabotaging the effort of the JTF, especially in this rainy season. I will hold the village heads of community responsible for any bridge of peace”, he said.
The OPSH boss called for the co-operation of the village heads in sustaining the hard- earned peace already being enjoyed by the people of the state.
The community leaders praised Ude, and stated that his efforts, especially in the area of holding town-hall meetings between the herdsmen and the natives had helped in bringing the most desired peace in the state. They hailed the ban of night grazing and under-aged children and said that it was not in the culture of the Fulani man to graze at night.