DEMARCATE BOUNDARY BETWEEN EBONYI AND CROSS RIVER STATE – AFFECTED COMMUNITY CRIES OUT
The people of Azuofia Edda Community in Ebonyi State have appealed to the National Boundary Commission to complete the demarcation of the boundary between Ebonyi and Cross River States to check incessant clashes within the axis.
They made the appeal following recent attacks on the community which left over 150 families homeless.
According to our reporter, for many years now, communities along the boundary line between Ebonyi and Cross River States have not known peace following frequent attacks over disputed farm lands and fish ponds located in the area.
The latest incident involving the people of Azuofia Edda Community in Abakaliki Local Government Area and their Osopong neighbors in Obubura Local Government Area not only left many homeless but also claimed some lives.
Two victims, Mr. Fredrick Nwegede and Mrs. Victoria Chukwu told Radio Nigeria that the incident had crippled farming activities as the community members could only operate under the cover of security agents.
A Stakeholder in the community, Chief Mathew Uguru, decried frequent attacks on the community but emphasized that it would not retaliate but work closely with government agencies to resolve the dispute.
The member representing Abakaliki and Izzi Federal Constituency, Chief Sylvester Ogbaga, had during a recent visit to the community expressed worry over the humanitarian challenges facing the people and appealed to National Boundary Commission to heed to their plea.
Chief Ogbaga who also donated some relief materials to the people stressed the need for the National Emergency Management Agency to come to the aid of the affected families to enable them to restart life.