Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Reps intervene in Kogi-Anambra oil well dispute

The House of Representatives yesterday directed its committees on Special Duties and Disaster and Emergency Management to liaise with the National Boundary Commission, NBC, on the lingering clashes between Enugu-Otu, Nkpunado and Eziagulu-Otu communities of Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government of the state and Olu communities of Ibaji Local Government of Kogi State, over the oil rich land.
The decision of the House to give the committees the mandate, arose from a motion sponsored by Hon. Chriscato Amaeke (PDPAnambra), seeking the intervention of the House.

Hon. Amaeke, who represents Anambra East and West in the House, brought the motion entitled: “Urgent Need to Stop the Boundary Conflict between Aguleri Communities of Anambra East LGA of Anambra State and Olu Communities of Ibaji LGA of Kogi State,” under Matters of Urgent National Importance.
He said the “lingering boundary conflict between Enugu-Otu, Mkpunado and Eziagulu-Otu communities (Odeke, Asonwa and Ayeke) of Ibaji LGA of Kogi State,” emanated from “the claim of ownership of oil well” in the area.
He regretted that a recent resurgence of the conflict resulted in killing and abduction of innocent people, burning of houses, farmlands, livestock and properties worth millions of naira in these areas.”
He added that at the last count, 12 people have been confirmed dead in my community, Aguleri-Otu.

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