S/Kaduna Killings: Warring Communities In Jema’a LG Sign Peace Pact

BY ISRAEL BULUS, KADUNA

Two communities in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Saturday signed a peace agreement as part of efforts to forestall peace in the regions.

LEADERSHIP reports that the communities are Dangoma, Takau, Zikpak all in Kaninkon chiefdoms respectively.

Speaking during the event in Kafanchan over the weekend, the Council Chairman, Mr Peter Averik, said that the peace deal was brokered following series of dialogue between the two communities.

“We met and deliberated successfully on the way forward and thankfully the two communities resolved to sheath their sword and give peace a chance.

“This is a milestone for us and we want to use this opportunity to let the world know that we want peace and we are for peace,” he added

He said the peace pact was informed by the attacks of July 24 in Zikpak that saw several people killed and houses burnt, saying findings revealed it may have been caused by a misunderstanding between the two communities.

“There was an attack in Zipak and we tried to get the root of the matter and found that there was a misunderstanding between Dangoma and Takau.

“That misunderstanding may have led to the attacks and so we decided to bring the two communities together to try and iron out the issues,” he added

According to him, the communities agreed to always resort to all available lawful means of settling disputes among other resolutions reached.

“They have agreed that whenever issues arise such issues will be resolved through the appropriate channels.

“They have also pledged to be their brothers keeper and protect each other’s property in the event of any eventuality or unforseen circumstances,” he added

In his remarks, Isiyaku Zaman, youth leader of Dangoma expressed hope that the peace pact would put an end to the mindless bloodletting in the region.

Zaman noted that all trouble makers in their midst who violate the pact will be fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.

On his part, the youth leader of Takau, said the cost of peace was far much less than the cost of violence as no meaningful development could take place without peace.

He pledged the resolve of the youths to abide by the peace accord, adding that the time had come for both sides to give peace a chance.

He commended the council Chairman for his efforts at exploring ways of achieving and sustaining lasting lasting peaceful co-existence in Jema’a Local Government and its environs.

Our Correspondent reports that the peace pact was signed by representatives of both Communities with district heads, religious leaders, Youth leaders and security agencies serving as witnesses.
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