Umahi seeks FG’s intervention in Ebonyi, Cross River boundary dispute

David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Governor David Nweze Umahi has appealed to the Federal Government to quickly intervene and provide lasting solution in settling the boundary dispute between the people of Azuofia Idda and Ohene in Ebonyi and Cross River states, which has claimed many lives.

According to a statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, the Ebonyi State governor made the appeal when the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, came to brief him on the outcome of the surveillance of the two communities at Government House, Abakaliki.

Umahi advocated a security meeting where the military commanders of both states and heads of other security agents would be in attendance .He said: “The problem between Cross River and Ebonyi states is quite known and unfortunately, the problem of boundary in our country is quite funny. Nobody is really taking any definite action.

“I strongly believe that we need political will; we need commitment to solve the problem. I will plead that since the Cross River command is also under you (GOC), let’s have an interaction between the two commanders as quickly as possible.

“I believe strongly that by Tuesday, I will visit there with security chiefs from Ebonyi State and look at what and what we can put in place to show government’s presence in that area.

“Let’s see what and what we can do for a police post to be there immediately. I believe strongly that Cross River should do the same thing.”The governor also commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the GOC as well as the security chiefs in the state for their timely intervention which brought the situation under control.

Abubakar said he led the team to the communities and had meetings with the traditional rulers and the youths.The GOC, who noted that calm had returned to the area, promised that the perpetrators of the violence would be fished out and punished accordingly.

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