OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has on Thursday urged the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to deploy personnel to help in resolving the boundary clashes between Anambra and Kogi States.

The security personnel, according to the lawmakers, are to provide needed security for staff of National Boundary Commission (NBC) to carry out GPS survey on the disputed boundary areas.

The decision followed a motion moved by Obidigwe Benjamin entitled ‘Lingering Boundary Dispute Between Enugu-Otu and Eziagulu-Otu Communities of Aguleri in Anambra State and Odeke/Echohon Communities in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.’

According to Obidigwe, the dispute is “between Enugu-Otu, Mkpunando and Eziagulu-Otu communities of Aguleri in Anambra Local Government Area of Anambra State and the Odeke/Echohon communities in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State which has claimed many lives has lingered for many decades.”

He informed that a similar resolution was reached by the House in the 8th Assembly but that an intervention by the NBC was “inconclusive due to its disruption by the youths of Odeke Community.”

He therefore said that a safe environment is necessary for the Commission to conclude its work to achieve lasting peace.

Mr. Livinus Makwe in his contribution to the debate said that being from the other divide in Ebonyi State he wondered why all efforts at making peace had so far failed. He praised the spirit of the motion for the need to ensure peace comes to the community.

The House Committees on Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence, Army and Special Duties were mandated to ensure compliance and report back in six (6) weeks for further legislative action.

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