The National Boundary Commission visits from Abuja
There is space for boundary adjustment in the Nigerian constitution—-DG of the National Boundary Commission assures…..
The deputy governor, Rt. Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, together with delegates from the National Boundary Commission held talks with communities from Ariam-Usaka yesterday.
The event had in attendance; the deputy governor, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko-Chukwu, the Director-General of the National Boundary Commission, Alhaji Adamu Adaji, Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uche Ihediwa, the Executive Chairman of Ikwuano LGA, Chief Stephen MPAMUGO, the deputy chairman, Comr. Cokey Lordson Nwachukwu, secretary to the local government, Barr. Sunday Ikpeka, chief of staff, Mr. Sunday Ochulor, former commissioner for housing, Hon. Theophilus Ugboaja, HRH Eze Ambrose O. Nwagwu, HRH Eze Joseph Obaji, the regent of Ikemba Autonomous community, the President of Ariam-Usaka Professionals, Prince Innocent Eleogu, other respected elders from other clans, and the general public.
After the traditional presentation of kola nuts by Mr. Tony Mpama, the Executive Chairman, Chief Stephen MPAMUGO wasted no time in informing all present that the boundary dispute has been a source of concern since he took over office.
According to the Executive Chairman, he said, “I am very happy that we have all gathered here today to discuss the way forward. It goes to show how important peace is to everyone. The two disputing communities have had historical, social, and trade relationships spanning centuries. There are also traditional boundary marks of places where ancient people of both communities settled all boundary issues thousands of years ago. There are also maps and survey plans of the old Eastern Region of Nigeria to this effect.
“My take however remains that both sides should live in peace”.
“Special thanks to the deputy governor and the National Boundary Commission for coming to our people’s aide. We are grateful”. He concluded.
The Director-general of the National Boundary Commission, Alhaji Adamu Adaji wasted no time in unveiling the federal government’s plan on how to resolve the boundary issue. According to the DG, “there will be a joint inspection of the boundary by the federal government, and anybody who has an opposing thought should present their facts. The constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria makes provision for how boundaries can be adjusted. As regards the wanton killings, we will take the reports back to Abuja and government will take the appropriate decision. For those that have lost their lives, I pray that God will grant them eternal rest and give their families the fortitude to bear the loss. I want to assure you that the federal government is doing all that it can to demarcate the lands and flatten the curve of the crises”. The DG concluded.
After this, few representatives from the communities were called upon to speak briefly on the ongoing crises.
The first person that was called upon was Mr. Henry Eleogu, who spoke on behalf of Usaka-Ukwu.
According to Mr. Henry Eleogu, “It is painful that on the 15th of May 2020 our people went to the farm, to harvest their crops, they were attacked and one Mr. Uwaechegi Peter Ugorji was killed. The security agencies were alerted with the then Transition committee chairman and a meeting was held in this same venue. It is on record that, on the 22nd of May 2020, the chairman of the Ini local government apologized for the death of Mr. Peter Ugorji and claimed that they were responsible for the death, promising to take responsibility for the family and the upkeep of the family.
“Several deaths have also been recorded. When they kill, they take their corpse. It has been in that sequence since then till now. Time will not permit me to read out the names of the deceased, but a report detailing the gruesome killings will be given to you.
“On the 28th of February 2021 again, Usaka-Ukwu was invaded