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Victims Of Anambra/Kogi Border Clash Get N5m Relief Materials

Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka

Relief materials worth over N5 million have been distributed to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Aguleri Otu in Anambra East Local Government Area in the wake of the border clashes between the people of Anambra and Kogi states.

The displaced persons who are made up of about 100 families were victims of the recent invasion of some parts of the oil-rich community by people suspected to be from Odeke and Echeno communities in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The relief materials distributed to the IDPs include mattresses, blankets and towels, bags of rice and beans, gallons of groundnut oil, buckets and jerry cans.

A director in the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Chuks Onyejekwe, who handed over the items to the victims listed places of location of the IDPs to include Enugu Otu, Eziagulu Otu and Nkpu Nando in Aguleri Otu.

Onyekwere said the state governor, Willie Obiano, was committed to bringing succour to the IDPs, explaining that the state government was also collaborating with the Kogi State and Federal governments to find solution to the boundary dispute between the two states.

He explained that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has promised to send more materials to the Aguleri Otu IDPs and urged leaders of the affected communities to ensure equitable sharing of the materials brought to them.

Commending the state government for coming to the aide of the people, the President General of Enugu Otu community, Benjamin Onyenwife, implored the National Boundary Commission to expedite action on boundary demarcation in the area to ensure a lasting peace between the border communities of Anambra and Kogi states.

He also called on the Federal Government to prevail on the security operatives posted to the area to remain neutral so as to reduce the incidence of the bloody clashes that had claimed hundreds of lives on both sides.