The bloody clashes among border communities in Ebonyi, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States dominated a dispute resolution meeting presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday.
Governors Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) as well as officials of the National Boundary Commission attended the parley.
The not-so-cheerful mien of the governors as they emerged from the meeting suggested that no amicable resolution of the disputes had been reached.
Also, Presidency officials prevented journalists from speaking to the governors, who equally appeared unprepared to speak on the outcome of the meeting.
There were reports that about 20 people were recently killed in a clash between the people of Oku Iboku in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and those of Ikot Offiong in Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross River State over boundary demarcation.
The people of Ikot-Offiong community had in the aftermath written a letter to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Inspecto-General of Police Ibrahim Idris to investigate the activities of the soldiers and policemen posted to the area to foster peace.
Also, Governor Umahi had appealed to the Federal Government to intervene and provide lasting solution in settling a similar boundary dispute between Azuofia Idda in Ebonyi and Ohene in Cross River States, which had claimed many lives.