Ortom urges warring communities to embrace peace

Gov. Samuel Ortom

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State

By Nicholas Dechi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged the people of Bonta and Ukpute communities to sheathe their swords and embrace peace.

He stated this on Monday when he led top government functionaries, politicians and security chiefs on a peace mission to the communities.

The two communities had been at loggerheads since June 2020 to date over a land dispute.

Ortom said that there was nothing that could be compared with peace, stressing that the members of the communities should allow peace to reign.

“There should be no more hostilities. I enjoin you to embrace peace and dialogue,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Senators Gabriel Suswam and Abba Moro appealed to the youths of the two warring communities to embrace peace and stop further hostilities.

The duo promised that they would not rest on their oars until peace finally returned to the areas.

They pleaded with the people to allow them to mediate in the dispute to return peace to the environment.

Responding, the traditional rulers and youth leaders of both two communities pledged to abide by the peace accord initiated by the State Government.