The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State Bola Longe, has called on the people of Panda community in the state to ensure peaceful coexistence and tolerance irrespective of their affiliations.
Longe made the call on Wednesday, during a peace meeting with warring communities at Odiong Yankpa’s Palace, Panda, Karu Local Government Area of the state.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on April 30, a masquerade was alleged to have flogged the chief Imam of Panda, an issue which triggered the crisis between the Hausa and Yankpa people of the community.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that two people were reportedly killed and many fled their homes following the clash.
The police commissioner, who described peace as a necessary requirement for the development of any society, called on the people of the area to see themselves as brothers and sisters.
He noted that no meaningful development would thrive in any society without peace; adding that the police would spare no effort at achieving peace in the area and the state at large.
Longe described the act as barbaric, saying that the police would investigate and prosecute perpetrators of the crisis.
The CP maintained that the act of destruction, looting and killing of innocent souls was criminal and assured the community that the police would do its best to protect lives and properties of the people.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman of Karu, Local Government Area, Mr Samuel Akala, said that the local council would do all within its powers to ensure permanent peace in Panda.
Akala called on the people of the area to avoid taking laws into their hands, but report any suspicious action to security agents for prompt action.
On his part, the traditional ruler of Yankpa, Odiong Joel Aningye, lauded the efforts of security personnel for their unbiased approach to the crisis and sued for peace.
The representative of the Hausas, Chief Imam of Panda Tanko Gambo, that of Yankpa, Mr. Ezekiel Waide and representative of Fulani Abubakar mato, said they had all resolved to calm and mobilise their subjects for peace.
NNN reports that high point of the visit was the inspection of the scene of the crisis at Panda.
NNN also observed that normalcy seems to have returned to the area.