Anambra/Kogi crisis: FG, Boundary Commission called to intervene

BY ENYIM ENYIM

ONITSHA — Following the resumed clash between Enugu- Otu, Mkpumado, Eziagulu- Otu at Aguleri, Anambra State and Olu at Ibeji in Kogi State over oil well dispute, a member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Obinna Emenaka, yesterday, called on the Federal Government and the National Boundary Commission to quickly wade into the crisis.

Emenaka, who described the killing of people from his place over land as barbaric, said it was high time both the federal and state governments intervened to end the killing and maiming of people in the crisis.

He said people of Aguleri had lost many lives in the renewed attack by the Ibaji, while two men had been taken captive and many houses burnt.

” The crisis is condemnable, unacceptable and a breach of the constitution of the land, sections 33 and 35 that stipulate the safety of Nigerians in any part of the country,” he said.

He regretted that in spite of concerted efforts by the governors of Anambra and Kogi states to end the crisis, it was still getting out of control and called on his colleagues in Kogi State House of Assembly and National Assembly to assist in finding a lasting solution to the problem.

According to Emenaka, the federal government’s National Boundary Committee’s report on who actually owns the disputed land should be implemented to put the matter to rest and prevent loss of more souls in the on going hostilities between the two states.

As a way towards resolving the crisis, the House of Representative on Tuesday in a motion by the lawmaker representing Anambra East and West in the House, Mr Chriscato Anaekwe, directed its special duties,disaster and emergency management committee  to liaise with the National Boundary Commission on the lingering crisis.

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