By Ugochukwu Alaribe
Following the incessant border clashes between Ariam communities in Ikwuano council area of Abia State and their counterparts in Ini and Obot Akara councils of Akwa Ibom State, the Abia state government has tasked the National Boundary Commission, NBC, to urgently delineate the boundary between the two states.
Abia State Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, who stated this during a joint sensitization and enlightenment campaign along the Abia/Akwa Ibom interstate boundary, lamented that the state is worried by the constant loss of lives and properties in the border communities.
He explained that the border communities in the state are known for their peaceful disposition towards boundary issues and urged other communities sharing boundaries with the state to toe the path of peace.
While commending the NBC for their determination to ensure that law and order reigns in the border communities, the Deputy Governor insisted that only the physical demarcation and field tracing of boundaries is the only solution to the incessant border clashes.
“Abia state government is worried over the constant clashes and loss of lives and properties in the border communities. The NBC should urgently demarcate the boundary between the two states to save loss of lives and properties. Only the physical demarcation and field tracing remain the solution to the boundary clashes,” the Deputy Governor said.
Earlier, the Director-General of NBC, Surveyor Adamu Adaji, said the joint sensitization and enlightenment campaign along the Abia/Akwa Ibom interstate boundary, was necessitated by the recent clashes that led to loss of lives and properties.
Adaji who stated the commitment of the NBC to perform the demarcation and physical tracing of the disputed area, however, disclosed that the NBC is hampered by claims and counterclaims from the parties in dispute.
In his speech, Chairman, Ikwuano council, Chief Steve Mpamugo, alleged that their Akwa Ibom neighbours have continued to attack and kill Ikwuano people and encroach on their farmlands and urged the NBC to delineate the boundary between the two states to avoid further loss of lives and properties.