NO MORE CARRYING OF ARMS DURING REARING OF COWS IN ATYAP CHIEFDOM.


COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AFTER THE ATYAP AND FULANI YOUTH MEETING ON PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE IN ATYAP CHIEFDOM FOLLOWING THE 2020 ATTACKS OF ATYAP VILLAGES IN ATYAP CHIEFDOM HELD ON SATURDAY 16TH JANUARY, 2021 AT MARIYAMU AND YAKUBU EVENT CENTRE IN MAWAKILI OF ATYAP CHIEFDOM IN ZANGON KATAF LGA OF KADUNA STATE.

PREAMBLE: 

Following the incessant criminal killings, maiming, burning of houses and the destruction of farmlands and livestock in some villages in Atyap Chiefdom between June and December, 2020, some Fulani fled the Chiefdom  AND following the resolution of  the Atyap Peace Summit of  Saturday 22nd August, 2020 to the effect that whosoever  fled and desires to return to the Chiefdom  should take steps to do so; the Fulani concerned had expressed their desire to return to His Highness, the Agwatyap. After series of meetings by the youth, the Agwatyap directed and approved that a joint meeting of the Atyap and Fulani youth be held on Saturday 16th January, 2021 to harmonize modalities of avoiding future attacks and the return of the said Fulani to Atyap Chiefdom.

The meeting held as directed and approved by the Agwatyap and was ably chaired by Mr. Suleiman Garba Gora, Makama Atyap and co-chaired by Dr. Abdulmalik  Mohammed Durunguwa.  

The meeting also had the following as observers: Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Commander Sector 7 Operation Safe Haven, Col. David Nwakonobi, Kafanchan Police Area Commander, ACP Danladi Ibrahim, Ms. Priscilla Ankut, Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission.

The following were in attendance, representative of HRH Agwatyap, Engr. Andrew Yakubu, former NNPC Group Managing Director; Comrade Dr. Silas Tsuu Adamu, President,  Atyap Community Development Association;  members of the Atyap Chiefdom Peace and Security Partnership Committee and Peace Advocates within and outside the State .Goodwill messages were received from the President of ACDA, the former NNPC GMD, Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission and the Hon. Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs.  Participants freely discussed at the meeting and at the end issued this communique :

RESOLUTIONS:

At the end of the meeting the following were resolved and agreed upon:

The meeting once again unequivocally condemned the killings, maiming, burning of houses and destruction of farmlands and livestock that took place between June and December, 2020 in Atyap Chiefdom as was done at the Atyap Peace Summit of Saturday 22nd August, 2020. However was happy to note that some culprits had been arrested by the security agencies and that relative peace had returned in the Chiefdom . The meeting called on security agencies to deploy their intelligence network and security technology to fish out the remaining criminals in hiding and nib in the bud any planned criminal activity in the Chiefdom before it is hatched.

As was done during the Atyap Peace Summit, the meeting once again regretted the avoidable loss of lives and properties and tendered heartfelt sympathy and condolences to those who lost people and properties on behalf of all residents of the Chiefdom and urged that we wholly and heartily forgive, embrace each other and jointly work to secure lives and properties in the Chiefdom. The meeting prayed for the repose of the souls of all those who were cruelly murdered.

The meeting noted with joy and commendation that no road block had been mounted by the youth in the Chiefdom since the Atyap Peace Summit of August, 2020 and urged the youth to continue to be law abiding.

The meeting noted with joy that there were Fulanis who did not leave their homes and were not attacked during the crises and urged residents of the Chiefdom to continue to be their neighbors’ keepers irrespective of tribe or religion. 

The meeting also noted with joy that Fulanis who fled their homes during the crises returned to tend and harvest their crops unmolested with the assistance of their Atyap neighbors and urged that such cooperation and collaboration continue.

The destruction of  crops by straying cows and the self-help employed to seek redress was identified as a major cause of crisis. Accordingly, the meeting resolved that rearing of cows should not be left in the custody of  children alone but together with adults who can control the cows and that farmers should under no circumstance seek self-help in the event of the destruction of their farms by straying cows but should rather report such incidents to appropriate authorities.

The holding of firearms by some herders and farmers while tending their cows or farms, which are used at the slightest provocation, was identified as a major cause of fear, breach of peace and insecurity among residents in the Chiefdom. To this end, the meeting resolved that no firearms should be held or used during rearing of cows or farming and called on security agencies to arrest and prosecute anybody holding or using firearms during rearing of cows or farming in the Chiefdom.

The meeting noted that as a result of the crises, trust between Atyap and Fulani had deteriorated and there is need to build up trust to enable a peaceful return. To this end, the meeting advised that anybody who desires to return to contact the community leaders in the domain he desires to return to, who shall arrange for his return with his community.

The meeting resolved that all residents of the Chiefdom should respect cattle routes.

The meeting called on all residents of Atyap Chiefdom not to take laws into their hands and in any situation whatsoever, rather submit all grievances or crimes to security agencies, mediation, arbitration or litigation in court

The meeting passed a vote of confidence on the AGWATYAP for his able leadership during and after the unfortunate crises and wished him good health, long life and more wisdom as he continues to steer the affairs of the Chiefdom.

The meeting pleaded with Government to assist in the rehabilitation of properties that were destroyed in the Chiefdon during the crises

The meeting lauded the efforts of the Atyap Chiefdom Peace and Security Partnership Committee to ensuring peace in the Chiefdom. 


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