By Danzumi Ishaku, Jalingo.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has bemoaned the increasing level of kidnapping and criminal activities between some border communities in Benue and Taraba states.
Ishaku made the remarks during a joint security meeting between Benue and Taraba state Government held at the Conference hall of the Federal University Wukari.
Governor Ishaku, said the spat of kidnapping has truncated economic activities in the crises prone communities urging them to stop the retrogressive act to enjoy dividends of democracy.
The governor challenged Tradition rulers to be proactive in identifying miscreants elements in their domain for prompt action.
On his part,Governor of Benue state Samuel Ortom stated that the best time to stop the criminal activities and kidnapping in Taraba and Benue state is now considering the synergy both government have adopted for peace to thrive.
Ortom emphasized that Governments of Taraba and Benue for the past two years have been working relentlessly to establish peace urging the people to support them.
Ortom, advised the Communities to be calm as Government is working on the demarcation of some communities in both states stating that the Jukuns who might later found themselves in Benue State would be giving full right as a citizen of Benue the same with Tivs who finds themselves in Taraba.
The Governor who maintained that the interest of the people must be reflected in the demarcation exercise after the draft from the technical committee called on them not to panic.
Stakeholders from both states and various security formations spoke at the meeting in the search for lasting peace.
Both Governors aggreed to grant amnesty to militias who will surrender their arms by the end of January and promised to provide job for youths in order to engage them and to be self reliant.
The meeting climax with the visit of both Governors to Sai, Abako in Katstina Ala local Government Area of Benue State and Dogon gawa Takum local Government Area of the state where both Governors addressed the Jukun and Tiv communities to embrace peace.