Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has advised the Federal Government to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the lingering conflict between Jukun and Tiv people of Taraba State.
Ortom gave the advice yesterday at a security meeting between Benue and Taraba States along with stakeholders at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
According to the governor, if his advice is followed, the commission would be saddled with the responsibility to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the prolonged conflict to complement efforts already made by both states to nip the violence in the bud.
He further called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the attacks on innocent people.
He said Nigerians must at all times, adhere to the country’s Constitution which provides a guide to lawful conduct of affairs and commended President Buhari for wading into conflict.
The communique which was presented at the end of the meeting by Governor Ortom read that proactive measures should be followed quickly to end the crisis between Jukun and Tiv in Taraba State.
It added that Governors of the two states would visit the affected areas to check the damage level while military personnel should be positioned at the warring communities.