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Ebonyi tasks FG on boundary demarcation

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DEPUTY Goveror of Ebonyi State, Kelechi Igwe, has called on the National Boundary Commission to facilitate the demarcation of boundary between the people of Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Ebonyi State and Agila, their neighbours in Benue State in order to forestall incessant killings in the the area.

Speaking in Abuja at a joint meeting of officials of NBC, Benue/Ebonyi interstate boundary, Dr Igwe described as disturbing, incessant loss of lives and property, in the boundary, area. A case at hand was the gruesome murder of six indigenes of Ngbo as a result of the crisis.

The deputy governor, who is also the Chairman of Ebony state Boundary Committee decried incessant attack of Ngbo people and said that as a responsible government, they have always appealed to them not to retaliate

” It is worrisome the level of attacks and killings of our people on regular basis by their Benue neighbours, it is not as if our people are too weak to retaliate but as a responsible government we consistently appealed to them not to resort to reprisal, so as not aggravate the situation.”

The deputy governor of Benue State, Benson Abonu, chided NBC for failure to follow up joint sensitizaton carried out by the commission and the two affected states since 2016. He described as unfortunate, the resurgence of crisis in the border corridors and reported that the two states had in a bilateral meeting held in Abakalik on the 24th of October, 2018, took far reaching agreements towards restoring peace on the interstate boundary.

“Part of the resolution was to call on the relevant authorities to establish an Army base and Police Post in the flash point, joint patrol of security agencies in the disputed area to check the activities of miscreants, as well as setting up of a joint committee to dialogue and bring lasting solutions,” he said.

The Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Mohammed Ahmed, had in a welcome address, attributed return of hostilities to non-constitution of the agreed joint peace committee and urged the meeting to discuss the issue dispassionately and come up with resolutions to bring lasting peace to the affected communities of the two states.

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