1June 2021 By Josiah Buzun
The Irigwe Development Association in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State has called for temporary suspension of grazing activities in Rigwe land to enable the locals and herders come to a compromise.
Briefing journalists in Jos, National President of the Association, Mr Robert Rigwe Dodo said this was necessary because grazing had been identified as the major cause of the mayhem in the area.
Mr Dodo said over forty people have been killed by suspected Fulani militia in Bassa and Jos North Local Government Area from January this year,with twenty houses burned, several farming implements carted away and over 500 cultivated land worth one billion naira destroyed.
He called for the immediate provision of relief materials to victims of the attacks as well as direct the State and National Emergency Management Agencies to carry out an assessment on all the affected communities with a view to provide succor.
Dodo charged Government to rebuild the houses razed down to enable the owners return to their ancestral homes and immediate compensation of farmlands and crops that had been destroyed.
He called for the arrest and prosecution of some suspects, whose names had already been submitted to security Agencies and deployment of personnel to the affected areas to enable them go back to their farms, which he said is their major source of income.
The group also wants the International Community to come to their aid in the provision of humanitarian assistance, organizing trauma healing programs, assist in resettlement of displaced persons and provision of Academic scholarship to orphans among others.
Dodo called on members of the National and State Assemblies to raise motions against their plight, sponsor bills that will see to the end of open grazing as well as Mandate Government to immediately provide succor to the affected communities.
Describing the Irigwe People as peace loving and hospitable, Dodo called for constant prayers to end the attacks and called on the people to be law abiding and continue to explore avenues of peace building and peaceful coexistence..