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Ortom orders demarcation of Benue warring communities

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has directed the demarcation of Bonta and Ukpute communities in Konshisha and Oju local councils of the state for sustainable peace.

The directive was contained in a communiqué signed by 13 persons from the two warring communities and read by Ortom to newsmen in Makurdi, after the special meeting of the state’s security council, yesterday.

According to the communiqué, the Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, in collaboration with chairmen of the two local councils, is to fix a date for sensitisation of the two communities before the actual demarcation.

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The security council also directed the immediate reopening of the Konshisha–Oju access road to commuters with regular security patrol.

It urged the two local councils to provide enabling environment for the establishment of a police post within the disputed area to serve both communities.

The council tasked the traditional rulers to take full charge of their domains, even as it encouraged them and security agencies to fish out criminal elements to pave way for sustainable peace in the area.

It also urged faith-based organisations to encourage the communities to embrace peace.

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