by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – The Chairman of Jos South Local Government Area, Gideon Dandereng, has restated his commitment towards bringing to end issues of cattle rustling and wanton destruction of farmlands in the area.
Mr. Dandereng stated this at a joint security meeting with Ardors across the five districts, encompassing representatives of the Association of Butchers and Development Leaders of Jos South Local Government.
The meeting, which took place at the office of the chairman, was part of his follow-up on the intelligence earlier gathered, alleging that stolen cows were being brought and butchered in some abattoirs, and complaints by indigene farmers on destruction of farmlands also calls for speedy attention.
He stated that, a special task force in this regards was the best option to go with, and sued for unity among all as well as more tolerance.
He noted that peace can only be attainable when both farmers and herders become each other’s keeper.
Speaking also at the event, the Chairman Miyetti Allah Jos South Branch, Ardor Aliyu Ibrahim, called on the Fulani cattle rearers to be wary of syndicates among them and also give the local government the needed backup by reporting what he termed as the “black ships” among them to security agencies and the local administration.
Also, the Chairman Butchers Association of Gyel, Davou Pam, and the President Gyel Development Association, Yakubu Gam, commended the council chairman for promptly attending to disputes between the Fulani and Berom natives.
They also promised to work in synergy with any interest group seeking an end to the menace, and appealed for stringent laws that will be applicable to those found wanting. As a long-lasting cushion effect, the Council Chairman said the security interface will be a continuous one until sanity is achieved.