From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The chairman of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Mr. Gideon Dandereng has restated his commitment towards bringing to end issues of cattle rustling and unwanted destruction of farm lands in the domain.
Mr. Dandereng stated this at a joint security meeting with Ardos across the five districts and the representatives of the Association of Butchers and Development Leaders of the area.
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 are being brought and butchered in some abattoirs, adding that complaints by indigene farmers on destruction of farm lands also calls for speedy attention.
According to him, a special task force in this regards was the best option 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, the chairman of 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 council the needed backup by reporting the black ships among them to security agencies and the local administration.
Also, the chairman of Butchers Association Gyel, Mr. Davou Pam and the president of Gyel Development Association, Mr. Yakubu Gam, commended the chairman for promptly attending to disputes in the area.
They also promised to work in synergy with any interest group seeking an end to the menace, appealing for stringent laws that would be applicable to those found wanting.