FG Wades Into Anambra, Kogi Border Clashes

communal clash cartoon_358180653The Federal Government Friday waded into the bloody clashes between oil rich border communities of Anambra and Kogi States, which has led to the death of several people and destruction of property.

Towards resolving the dispute, Vice President Namadi Sambo presided over a meeting behind closed-doors and attended by representatives of the two state governments and the National Boundary Commission (NBC).

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State said that a lot of progress has been made in the attempt to find lasting solution to the crises.

Expressing hope that the matter would be resolved by the end of the year, he said the NBC is tracing the boundary of the affected areas.

According to the Kogi governor, every effort is being made to maintain peace and tranquillity in his state.

The Anambra State Deputy Governor, Mr. Nkem Okeke, also said the resolution of the crisis was foremost on the mind of the governor, Willie Obiano, whom he said, wants a quick end to the senseless killings.

He said that his state was pleased with Sambo‘s intervention, especially with his directive to the NBC on the matter.

He said, “I am here representing my principal, Chief Willie Obiano, who is unavoidably absent because of the burial of Prof. Dora Akunyili.

“I think this is one thing that is foremost on his mind to solve. Nobody wants senseless killings, killings for no reason. He sent me here to make sure that we get things moving, and I’m quite pleased with the meeting, with the way the vice president carried out the meeting.

“He gave directive to the NBC to set a date to do all the necessary surveys and establish the boundary between us and Kogi State and I believe, in the near future, things will be sorted out”.