A joint security meeting between Adamawa and Taraba states which was at the instance of the National Security Adviser on the need for the two states to checkmate cross border insecurity was held in the Government House, Yola.
This was reported by the SSA New Media to the Executive Governor of Adamawa state, Muhammad Bakari Tukur.
The new media aide reported that Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said the dreaded farmer-herder clash has caused a lot of havoc in communities on border land resulting to colossal destruction of lives and property in Numan local government of the state.
That the Governor explained that the continued clash is affecting the fate of farmers and herders in Adamawa thereby depriving them their means of livelihood, and low agricultural yield which will cause food insecurity in the two states.
The new media aide added that according to Governor Fintiri, the Adamawa state government has tried to broker peace between farmers and herders in the state but some mercenaries often invade into the state and for which the aftermath reprisals was always on Adamawa citizens who did not carry the attack.
He said land encroachment in Adamawa by some farmers in Taraba was also another problem bedevilling the two states and called for border communities in Taraba to support the effort of the Adamawa state government.
In his remark, Taraba State Governor, Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku who was represented by his deputy Engr. Haruna Manu pointed out that cattle rustling among others was the major cause of the crises rocking border communities of the two states.
He said Taraba state government has made effort to resolve the conflict through series of meetings and setting up committees but however revealed that the perpetrators of such crimes often come from Adamawa state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Secretary to the State Government, Malam Bashir Ahmad hinted that the gathering was held to find out a lasting solution to the menace of insecurity in the borders of Adamawa and Taraba states.
The meeting had in attendance governors of Adamawa and Taraba states, first class emirs and chiefs, religious leaders, top security personnel and relevant key stakeholders on security from both states.
Communiqué of the meeting is expected to come out and will be broadcasted in our subsequent bulletin.