In a communique issued after the Atyap and Fulani Youths meeting on peaceful co-existence in Atyap Chiefdom on January 16th, 2021 in Ungwan Wakili, Zangon-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, resolution was reached that, “The destruction of crops by straying cows and the self-help employed to seek redress was identified as a major cause of crisis.”
They also 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.
Adding that, 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, they 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.
They also observed 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, they 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 and all residents of the Chiefdom should respect cattle routes.
They 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.
They 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.
They pleaded with Government to assist in the rehabilitation of properties that were destroyed in the Chiefdon during the crises and lauded the efforts of the Atyap Chiefdom Peace and Security Partnership Committee to ensuring peace in the Chiefdom.