The Zamfara State Police Commissioner, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, has said that criminal elements are out to disturb the peace of the state.
Speaking while receiving members of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) Abuja that visited his office in Zamfara, Ebrimson said there is need to involve actors of conflict in the search for peace.
The commissioner who said peace was a collective responsibility, called on major stakeholders to assist.
“For peace to be achieved,” Ebrimson said everybody involved in the conflict must come to the negotiating table. Security is a collective responsibility. We must rise above the normal talk of only restricting our search for peace in summit.”
“I commend members of the IDFP for taking it upon themselves to join the search for peace in the country. But the real issues here is to ensure that those involved in te crisis are also brought into dialogue. If you do that, this forum will go a long way.
“There was the 2016 peace committee that worked to ensure a return to peace in Zamfara. We experienced a time of peace for over eight months, what happened? We need to revisit the report and find out what has really happened,” the police boss said.
Speaking on behalf of the IDFP Delegation, Alhaji Aminu Yakubu, who is the Dankanden Bauchi, told the commissioner of police that the team was in Zamfara not only to condole the people but also to reach out to relevant stakeholders for peace.
He said the IDFP was a local partner of the Vienna-based organisation, KAICIID, for the promotion of the peaceful dialogue among people.
“As you rightly pointed out, we are out to collaborate with relevant organs for peace. We promised to get back to you as soon as possible after we have met relevant stakeholders to ensure we get to the roots of the problem.
“IDFP is commencing this advocacy visit to Zamfara and in the following weeks will visit Taraba, Benue. Plateau and Kaduna State to engage stakeholders to unite for peace across religious divide. ”