By Sardauna Local Government Stakeholders
We are disturbed by the sad events on the Mambilla Plateau and condemn in strong terms the outbreak of communal unrest between graziers and farmers on 17 June 2017, which started in Nguroje Village Area and spread to other parts of the Mambilla Plateau resulting in the loss of lives and properties.
It is well known fact that between 30 December 2001 and 2002, certain armed Fulani militia invaded the Mambilla villages Leme Yirima, Tunga Lugere, Damu etc where seven moslems of Mambilla extraction were murdered in the mosque during morning prayers at Leme Yirima, and this attack escalated to other parts of the Plateau which resulted to wanton destruction of lives and properties. That attack by the Fulani militia was an attempt to dispossess the Mambilla of their ancestral land. This attracted the attention of the State, Federal Government and the international community, particularly, the United Nations. The crisis led to the flight of many people from the area to Cameroon and other parts of Nigeria as refugees.
This led to a fact-finding mission made up of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the State and Federal Governments in an effo
Accordingly, the then Governor of Taraba State, H.E Rev. Jolly Nyame directed the Local Government Council to constitute the said committee, which was headed by the then Local Government Chairman Tran
“4.0 The Meeting identified the following as the major problems that militated againstthe peaceful coexistence
The meeting resolved and recommended the following as solutions for peaceful co-existence
(b) All lands properly allocated by the Local Government Land Committee should the upheld under the supervision of the Local Government
(c ) All lands illegally occupied by both farmers and graziers before the crisis should be referred to the high-powered Committee for proper redistribution.
(d) All land matters should be handled by the high-powered committee and/or the Local Government instead of the military personnel
(e) In the spirit of give-and–take, those who have much land should give those in need (farmers and graziers)
(iii) the leadership of the Local Government, Village Heads, Religious leaders, Opinion Leaders etc should preach to their subjects against tribalism, hatred, rumour-mongerisn, suppression, oppression, political differences, and injustice and live by example as enjoined by the two holy books (the Koran and the Bible),
For the avoidance of doubt, members of the committee as constituted were as follows:
This was done under Alh Aliyu A. Jibo (
From the above, the Committee had five (5) Hausa-Fulanis, three (3) Mambilla, one (1) Kaka, one Panso and one Kambu.
It is of interest that while other recommendations of the above committee were immediately implemented, the fundamental recommendation
It can be recalled that on 10 May 2017, the Taraba House of Assembly adopted a resolution that culminated in the constitution of a House Ad-Hoc Committee on Communal Crisis between Armed Herdsmen and Farmers in Takum and Ussa Local Government
“That a Judicial Panel of Inquiry be set up by the Government to investigate and scrutinize how lands are acquired on the Mambilla Plateau. And also investigate the way and manner certificates of occupancy and grazing permits are issued to individuals with a view to addressing the situation”.
Prior to this, there have been pockets of crisis between farmers and graziers, which were known to
Immediate Causes of the Crisis
This action of the Fulanis is an apparent disregard for the Judicial Commission that was preparing to look into the subject of dispute in the area. It is clear that the masterminds of the arrest and the gunfire incident in Nguroje deliberately did so to create unrest and undermine and frustrate the Judicial Commission’s work that was already in the process.
Correcting Public Misinformation
We are dismayed by the flood of misinformation being churned
1. Mohammed Tersi
2. D.M. Ismaila
3. Marcus Bovoa