Governors of states affected by incidence of herders/farmers clashes have agreed to compensate victims of the clashes.
This was the fulcrum of agreements reached today at a meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
All state governors, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and relevant cabinet ministers were present at the meeting.
The decision to pay compensation was part of the communique read by the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, when he briefed State House Correspondents alongside his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu.
Abiodun noted those who suffered loses in targeted attacks must be made to have a sense of compensation.
He also said the council resolved that there must be public condemnation of hatred against minority groups, as it advised that members of non-indigenous groups should be incorporated into local security groups.
Abiodun said, “The chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State updated council on security situation and community policing as follows.
“He stressed the importance of the protection of all residents of all states including non-indigenous communities and religious and ethnic minorities within state jurisdictions.
“He stressed the need for the arrest and prosecution of all perpetrators of crime.
“It was agreed that in collaboration with federal authorities, the reconstruction of destroyed homes and payment of compensation where appropriate by state authorities for damage to property and livelihoods sustained during targeted attacks on communities within their jurisdictions must be done.
“It was also resolved that deceased victims of such violence are duly accorded dignified burial rites.”