By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State on Wednesday disbursed the sum of N310 million to victims of the June 2017 and March 2018 Mambilla crisis.
Ishaku personally issued cheques to the victims at a ceremony in the border town of Gembu.
The governor explained that a thorough investigation into the crises revealed that 264 people were killed during the two crises and not the over 1,000 as was been speculated by some people.
Ishaku thanked God for the return of peace to the Mambilla Plateau after the two unfortunate incidents.
He charged the people to continue to eschew violence and live in peace with one another for rapid development.
“I thank God that peace has returned to the Mambilla Plateau but my heart still bleeds for those who lost their lives in the crisis.
“I urge all of you to continue to live in peace so that give room for uninterrupted development,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Abel Diah, the Speaker of Taraba Assembly commended the people for deciding to forgive one another and live in peace.
Diah noted that at the moment, refugees from the Republic of Cameroun had flooded the area due to the return of peace.
The Speaker noted that the Cameroun refugees were always welcome but they should endeavour to abide by the laws of the land.
Dr Shehu Baju, the Chief of Mambilla had said the creation of six new Chiefdoms by Gov Ishaku had greatly helped in ensuring the quick return of peace.
Baju, who noted that Mambilla Plateau had become a model for peace, commended the the state government for standing by the people during their trying moments.
Alhaji Kabiru Sagiri, one of the beneficiaries, who got a cheque of N850,000 commended Ishaku for taking a step to alleviate the sufferings of the victims.
Gov Ishaku had inaugurated an assessment committee in April, 2018 to visited all the affected communities and produced a report that is being used for the assistance.