Anambra/Kogi border clash: Govs Wada, Obi call for peace

BY BEN AGANDE
ABUJA — Governors Idris Wada and Peter Obi of Kogi and Anambra states respectively have called on the warring communities of Odeke and Aguleri in the  states to maintain peace and good neighbourliness as the issues in contention between them were being handled by the National Boundaries Commission.

Addressing a joint press conference at the end of a closed door meeting at the Kogi State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, the governors promised to ensure a “peaceful and equitable resolution of the dispute that will benefit the people and further good neighbourliness.”

From left: Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State; Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and former Minister of State for Health, Dr. Gabriel Aduku during a joint press conference on the border skirmishes between people in both states at the Kogi State Governor's Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

From left: Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State; Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and former Minister of State for Health, Dr. Gabriel Aduku during a joint press conference on the border skirmishes between people in both states at the Kogi State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

Governor Wada who read the communique after the parley denied media reports that about 400 houses were burnt during the crisis, noting that only about five houses were affected.

Wada said: “For emphasis, neither Kogi nor Anambra states reported any loss of life, contrary to media reports that 57 lives were lost. Only about four motorcycles were destroyed during the fracas.”

The governors further called on “those trying to cause disaffection between the two brotherly states, with a long affinity, to desist from such attempts as what Nigeria needs now is peace which will attract development.”

Speaking on the reports that the refinery in AnambraState has been closed down due to the crisis between the communities in Kogi and Anambra state, governor Obi said the refinery was still operational noting that it was only closed down briefly because of the flood last year.

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