The Fulani community in Gwako Village of Gwagwalada area council have appealed to the police authority to stop further arrest over the clash between Gwari and Fulani in the village, which left two people dead and properties destroyed.
The Secretary, FCT chapter of Miyetti Allah, a Fulani socio-cultural group, Alhaji Aliyu Saleh, made the appeal in Gwako during a reconciliation meeting of the two communities called at the instance of a committee inaugurated by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed.
Saleh, who commended the efforts of the minister to reconcile the two communities, said the appeal to stop the arrests was in order to strengthen the peace agreement reached at the meeting."As you can see, the communities are happy and we have agreed to continue to live together in peace and since there is already peace in the village, we are calling on the police authority to stop every arrest in connection with the clash," he said.
He also called on the police to temper justice with mercy on the people arrested as a result of the clash and prayed that those who died will rest with Allah."We have called on everybody to forgive and the move by the FCTA to return our people back to our original settlement is a welcome development since the two communities have agreed to live in peace," he added.
Also speaking, the Village Head of Gwako, Alhaji Alkali Ibrahim commended the FCT minister for his quick intervention in the wake of the clash and expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the reconciliation committee to returne peace to the area.
"As agreed upon in the meeting, we will continue to educate our subjects to ensure that the peace arrangement is strictly adhered to and most importantly, to ensure that peace is not only restored but also sustained," he said.
The chairman of the committee, Alhaji Yahaya Gwagwa, commended the two communities for supporting the reconciliation efforts of the minister and the committee, while expressing optimism that the reconciliation effort would no doubt be a success.