Â By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Bothered by the perennial land dispute that has claimed lives in his area, Chairman of Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, Mr. James Edeh, has urged the Federal Government to step up action to complete the boundary demarcation between the Agila and Ngbo communities of Benue and Ebonyi states respectively to stem the tide of violence in the area.
Edeh regretted that the spate of violence between the bordering communities had left many homeless while several innocent lives had also been lost.
Fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi, the Council Chairman said the panacea for peace in the area would be the proper delineation of the boundaries of the feuding communities to check the persistent clashes of the neighboring communities.
According to him, when that is done, the parties would be properly restricted and confined to their boundaries which would in turn douse the tension in the area.
The Council Chairman implored the Federal Government to rely on the Legal Notice 126 as agreed by both states at the joint peace meeting at the Government House, Abakaliki onÂ July 1, 2008 to resolve the lingering boundary dispute.
Edeh who lamented the huge financial implication of stationing a Mobile Police squad to maintain peace in Agila community, said his Council had expended over N1 million on the maintenance of law and order between the warring communities as well as the hosting of peace meetings and other logistics.
He noted that the sum would have been channelled into useful development projects that would have impacted positively on the lives of the people of the area.
Pleading for peace between the warring parties, Edeh urged the Agile community to lay down their arms and embrace peace with their neighbouring community, adding that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour and blood-letting.