By Jonathan Ugbal
Following the November 5, 2017 clash between Fulani hersdmen and farmers in Ugaga community of Yala local government area which left one herdsman dead, an Ugaga man amputated and three others allegedly missing, the two parties have met and written the state pledging to maintain a cordial relationship.
This was the consensus reached at a peace meeting held at the instance of the Governor, Senator Ben Ayade in Ogoja which at the end both parties agreed to write a letter seeking the state’s aid with the condition that they will return to their “hitherto cordial relationship.”
The letter sighted by CrossRiverWatch read: “We hereby acknowledge your prompt intervention on the above referenced subject matter wherein you sent a delegation to address the issue.
“The Police arrested some suspects in the crisis, charged some to court. Some were taken to Calabar and thereafter to Abuja, which matter is being investigated by the IGP’s Office (The Special Tactical Squad).
“Your Excellency Sir, the complainants/Petitioners and other interested parties have reached a consensus to chart the course of peace and to get reunited again. Therefore, we appeal to your boundless sense of humanity and benevolence to assist both parties to attend to the casualties, that is, the deceased family and the amputee.
“Your Excellency Sir, we vouch to resuscitate and maintain our hitherto cordial relationship if this appeal is granted.”
Among the signatories were the brother to the deceased hersman, Alhaji Mohammed Hassan; the Hardo Fulani, Ogoja/Yala/Bekwarra; the Sarki Hausawa, Ogoja; the Hausa/Fulani youth leader, Ogoja/Yala and the counsel to the deceased family for the Fulani side.
And, for the Ugaga community, Ogamode Ogar Ipoule, the paramount ruler of Yala local government area; the youth leader, Ugaga community and the counsel to the community signed.
The letter copied 8 other offices including the Police structures in Ogoja and Yala local government areas, the Head of Local Government Administration in Yala as well as the Community Relations Officer, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, the Special Adviser, non-indigenes affairs as well as the unit of Nigeria’s Secret Police; the SSS in Yala.