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Anambra-Kogi Crisis: Reps Charge Security Chiefs To Restore Peace

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 7:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi, Abuja


The House of Representatives has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, to deploy military personnel to warring border communities of Anambra and Kogi states to restore peace.

The resolution followed a motion on matters of urgent public importance brought by Peter Madubueze Obiano (APGA, Anambra) on “The Perennial War Between Enugu-Otu and Eziagulu-Otu in Anambra State and Odeke/Echohon communities in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.”

Obiano told lawmakers that the motion was necessary because many lives were being lost on a daily basis and the need for the House to step into the matter to restore peace and save lives.

The motion, which was co-sponsored by Emmanuel Egwu from Kogi, whose constituency is also part of the crisis in the  boundary communities, revealed that the aforementioned communities have been at war over the years about land between them.

“The crisis became worse when oil was discovered in the same area of the land in dispute. As we speak, the two communities are engaged in serious fighting, which involves lives and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

“It is on record that the National Boundary Commission has started work to determine the actual boundary of both states but due to the unrest in the area, the commission cannot conclude its work.

“Policemen were earlier posted to the boundary area in dispute but the irate youths chased them away and this has generated more crisis,” Obiano said.

Egwu said: “Oil has brought animosity among these people who had lived like brothers and inter-married for centuries”.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara also lent his voice to the motion saying that; “I was informed that there has been serious fighting within those border communities, which is why I allowed the point of order to sail through as anything that involved the loss of lives and properties should be  taken very serious”.

The motion was unanimously adopted when put to vote.