Fulani Conflict: Apa Council Stiffen Security

Posted: January 11, 2014 in Crime, News
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The chairman of Apa local government council of Benue State, Mr Maxwell Owoicho Oyih has disclosed that the council has put measures in place to prevent a spill over of the Fulani crisis from Agatu local government area by strengthening security at the border areas.

Mr Oyih spoke while briefing newsmen on his one year stewardship in office at the ongoing NUJ organized accountability press briefing in conjunction with the bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs in Makurdi, the state capital disclosed that the council has overhauled the patrol vehicles of the police in the area and provided monthly grants to the vigilante group and village heads for community safety and peace.

He also stated that the council has provided motor cycles to the state security department to promote security in the area.

The chairman lamented the crisis in Agatu which he said has resulted to influx of refugees in the area, stressing “Our administration as a frontline community to Agatu local government area where incessant herdmen/farmer dispute have become utterly violent, have provided accommodation to displaced persons, huge material support and aided security surveillance at great financial cost”.

He also said the council has provided refugee camps to accommodate thousands of displaced residents of Agatu who were sacked from their homes as a result of the crisis.

Mr Oyi expressed gratitude to the state government and other eminent sons of the state who he said have been contributing to the welfare of those in the camps even as he appealed to others to come to complement the efforts so far made.

While he lamented the council’s low internally generated revenue, IGR, Mr Oyi said his council in the last one year built culverts across the council wards, provided poultry house at Ugbokpo to improve agriculture, built three classroom blocks at several LGEA primary schools and undertook electrification of Idada-Oiji ward to boost social activities in the area.

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