The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rare Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, have been urged to deploy military personnel to the warring border communities of Anambra and Kogi State with a view to restoring peace and security in the troubled states.
The resolution followed a motion on matters of urgent public importance brought by Hon. Peter Madubueze Obiano (APGA, Anambra) on “The Perennial War Between Enugu-Otu and Eziagulu-Otu in Anambra State and Odeke/Echohon Communities in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.”
Hon. Obiano, in his lead debate, told lawmakers that the motion became necessary due to the fact that many lives are being lost on a daily basis, and the need for the House to step into the matter so as to restore peace and save lives.
The motion revealed that the aforementioned communities have engaged themselves in inter communal war over the years over ownership of the land between them.
“The crisis became worse when oil was discovered in the same area of the land in dispute,” Obiano said, and added that “as we speak, the two communities are engaged in serious fighting which involves lives, and properties worth millions of naira have been destroyed.”
He noted that “policemen were earlier posted to the boundary area in dispute but the irate youths chase them away and this has generated more crisis.”
Meanwhile, the senate, on Thursday, at plenary, mandated the National Emergency Management Board (NEMA) and Ecological Fund Office to immediately rescue some parts of Anambra State that have been ravaged by erosion.
This was sequel to the motion sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwunife (PDP, Anambra Central) titled ‘Flood and Erosion Disaster in Awka, Isuanaocho, Obosi and Other Areas of Anambra Central.’
Ekwunife noted that flood and erosion have caused great damage in places like Awka, Abatete, Isuanaocho, Obosi and other communities of Anambra Central.
According to the senator, “the flood, which was caused by torrential rainfall, took lives of innocent Nigerians, leaving many families bereaved and homeless.”
In supporting of the motion, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, pointed out that there is a general ecological challenge confronting the country.
He warned that if the deplorable situation was not quickly arrested, the Northern part of the country would be overtaken by desertification while the Southern part would be swept away by flood and erosion.