Kaduna State Peace Commission says it is working round the clock to bring to an end, the killings and destruction of properties in Atyap Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area and other parts of the State.
“We are very optimistic that we will be able to come over and find a way of strengthening community coexistence in such a way that we will significantly change the dynamics in Atyap Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area from inter community violence to dealing with activities of criminal groups.
“With the cooperation we are receiving from the security agencies and other stakeholders, we believe that we will come to an end as soon as possible,” Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission explained.
Briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday on the activities of the Commission towards ensuring peaceful coexistence in the State, Rev. Idowu-Fearon further explained that the commission had been carrying out conflict analysis and developing some strategies to douse the tension in the affected communities in the State.
He expressed delight that significant progress had been made in de-escalating the drivers of violence in all parts of the State, stressing, “happily, our major cities of Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria have not witnessed violent conflict throughout the year.”
According to the chairman, despite the achievements, incidences of violent conflict have continued in parts of the State, especially in Zangon Kataf, Kaura, Kauru and Jema’a local government areas, stressing that efforts were currently ongoing to address the grievances driving the conflicts.
Speaking on Zangon Kataf crisis, he said, “Initiatives in Zangon Kataf are being strengthened to bring an end to the ongoing conflicts. Furthermore, robust state-wide interventions are being implemented to ensure peaceful coexistence among the diverse farming and pastoral communities in the State.”
Idowu-Fearon stated that as some of the challenges in the areas involved border communities in Kaduna and Plateau State, the commission was working with the Plateau State Peacebuilding Agency to resolve the causes of the conflicts and bring the disputing parties to dialogue.
He lamented that criminal activities, including kidnapping of persons for ransom, armed robbery, rustling of cattle and raiding of villages for various motives had posed a tremendous challenge.