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Adamawa, Gombe ban militia, hunter groups over Waja, Lugunda clashes

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Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State and his Gombe counterpart have banned militia and hunter groups found to be causing crises in the two states, which claimed about 200 houses in Waja alone.

The decision was taken in their meeting yesterday to find lasting solution to the perennial clashes between Waja (Gombe) and Lugunda (Adamawa), tow border communities.

No fewer than 40 people died in the recent clash involving the two communities.

Tagged ‘The Numan Accord’, the meeting, which was attended by prominent stakeholders, discussed how lasting peace could return to the two sister communities, who had lived and inter-married for centuries.

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According to the parley, all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps should be closed within one week and people returned to their homes.

It charged leaders and elders in both communities “to prevail on youths and restrain them from participating in violence.”

Invitation to the meeting was extended to the Attorneys-General/Commissioners of Justice and the Commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy Affairs of Gombe.

Others were Permanent Secretary, Chieftaincy Affairs, Adamawa; the Commissioner, Internal Security, Gombe; and the Permanent Secretary Special Services.

Traditional rulers in the affected areas were also co-opted.

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