Friday 23rd June, 2017
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Osinbajo wades into Ebonyi, C'River, A/Ibom border clashes

Osinbajo wades into Ebonyi, C'River, A/Ibom border clashes

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.

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