Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution will on Thursday send delegates on a fact-finding mission to Zamfara State where bandits had killed scores of people and taken over several communities.
The institute stated that the purpose of the mission was to get the necessary facts about the conflict, and present recommendations and solutions to the government.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, Chairman of the IPCR, Senator Muhammed Aji, explained that the technical committee would meet with the state and local officials, victims of the killings and other stakeholders in order to obtain pertinent data that could assist in restoring peace in the state.
Asked why the institute was embarking on the visit months after the killings had started, Aji blamed the delayed inauguration of the governing council for this, noting that the IPCR cannot function without the board which he said was inaugurated last month.
He said, “Zamfara was chosen for the fact-finding mission because the situation there has less religious and political elements; Our intervention is mediatory, we want to use non-violent means to address the conflict.”
The Acting Director-General of the Institute, Dr. Bakut Bakut said that the decision to send a fact-finding technical committee to the state was to proffer solutions that would restore peace in the area.
He disclosed that the institute had in 2016 issued an early warning system about the criminality in the state, noting that no serious steps were taken to prevent it.
“The institute will mobilise a team of researchers to the senatorial zones to ascertain the current causes and dynamics of the conflicts and proffer solutions that will bring lasting peace back to the area.
“We, therefore, shall be having a series of stakeholders’ meeting at various levels of the state, local government and communities and re-energise the early warning mechanisms in the state,” he explained.