Ebonyi lawmaker urges govt to end Ebonyi, Cross River boundary crisis
A member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Laz Ogbe, yesterday called on the National Boundary Commission to quickly demarcate the disputed area between Ochienyim Amagu community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and their Adadama neighbors in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State to stop the crisis that has claimed many lives and the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.
In a chat with newsmen in Abakaliki, Hon. Ogbe, who described the killing of eight persons in the state in the renewed boundary dispute between the two communities, urged the Federal Government to urgently wade into the matter to avoid further destruction, adding that he would liaise with his colleague from Cross River State to move a motion on the matter on the floor of the House.
Hon. Ogbe extolled efforts by the Ebonyi State government to bring lasting peace in the disputed area and called on security agencies to be alert in the area to stop the killing.
The lawmaker, while urging the State Commissioner of Police and the Commander of Nkwagu Military Cantonment to send more personnel to the disputed area, regretted that in the last year, more than 10 members of his constituency have been killed and properties worth millions destroyed in the unfortunate incident.
He noted, “I, in collaboration with my colleagues from Cross River State, will move a motion on the floor of the House urging the National Boundary Commission and other relevant agencies to urgently visit the disputed area and demarcate it immediately”.
“The killings, I must tell you, are senseless and totally uncalled for. It baffles me that in this jet age, people will invade a community and start shooting indiscriminately at innocent people and setting their houses ablaze. It is absolutely barbaric and senseless. The act is condemnable.
“More policemen and military personal should urgently move into the area to forestall another attack pending the visit of the boundary commission. I am touched by the number of deaths and destruction recorded in this latest attack. Something needs to be done urgently”.