By Habib Jamaare, Kaduna
Herdsmen who fled Ninte village in Jema’a Local Government of Kaduna State have denied claims by the locals that they carried out reprisal attacks on communities in the area.
A representative of the herdsmen, Alhaji Abubakar Husseini, refuted the claims on Tuesday during a reconciliation meeting organised by a group, Community Peace Partnership, at the Chief of Godogodo palace in Antang.
Husseini said since they fled to Nunku village at the inception of the crisis, none of their members had moved out of their new location.
A cross section of traditional rulers who spoke at the meeting urged the warring parties, to stop wasting innocent lives and embrace peace.
The Chief of Godogodo, Mallam Iliya Ajiya, expressed satisfaction with the meeting describing it as a stepping board towards lasting peace.
Another monarch, the Kpop Gwong, Mr Paul Zaka, represented by the traditional council’s Secretary, Mr Saleh Kure, urged the two parties to tolerate and forgive one another to ensure peaceful coexistence.
The Interim Chairman of the Local Government, Dr Bege Katuka, said the presence of all stakeholders at the meeting was an indication of their willingness to end hostilities.
He said that the effort would accelerate the peace building process in the area.