Communal Clashes: Senators Sue for Peace in Benue, Ebonyi

Worried by the lingering communal clashes among people of some communities in Benue and Ebonyi states Senators Abba Moro representing Benue South and Sam Egwu representing Ebonyi North, have sued for peace.

The two senators at a joint newsbriefing in Abuja , said the warring communities across the two states should cease fire by allowing the National Boundary Commission to properly demarcate the concerned territories.

The jointly signed statenent by the Senators explained that the newsbriefing was purposely to draw the attention of relevant security agencies on recent security concerns that have substantially threatened the peace and development of the people of Ohaukwu and Ado LGAs in Ebonyi and kogi states.

The senators told journalists that :”On Monday the 12th day of April, 2021, alleged herdsmen invaded Umuogudu Akpu Community, Ngbo, in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State and gruesomely killed over 12 innocent indigenes, burnt/destroyed over 56 houses and kidnapped 5 persons.

” While we were mourning our people and trying to identify the extent of damage, we were surprisingly greeted with a statement by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, without any form of investigation, that the attack was carried out by Agila people, and not Fulani herdsmen.

However, the senators noted that the claim, which has the potential of heightening the tension between the two communities has long been refuted and denied by the Chairman of Ado LGA and the Government of Benue State, adding that the people of Ado LGA who have been victims of herdsmen attacks in recent times could not have hired the same people to carry out an attack on their behalf.

The lawmakers further noted that there have been sustained efforts on their part to finally settle the land dispute and restore lasting peace between Ngbo people in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State and the Agila people in Ado LGA of Benue State, which have lingered over the years .
They also explained that motions have been raised on the floor of the Senate, resolutions passed by the Senate and efforts sustained at the State and Federal levels to ensure that lasting peace is restored between the two communities.

Senators Abba Morro and Sam Egwu appealed to security operatives to urgently move into the affected communities and secure lives and property of the people.

The two federal lawmakers also proffered similar solutions for the Ezza/ Effium crisis .

They said : ” On the Ezza/Effium crisis, which started in Effium community in Ebonyi state and spilled into Ado LGA in Benue State because of the presence of Ezzas/Effiumites in Ado LGA, it is regrettable that the crisis is yet to be contained, leading to the relocation of some Efium and Ezza people to neighboring communities both in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State and Ado LGA of Benue State, thereby creating apprehension in those neighboring communities.

The Senators therefore called on the Governments of Benue and Ebonyi States to put in greater efforts and in collaboration with relevant Federal Government Agencies to take immediate practical steps to ensure immediate release of all adopted persons for restoration of lasting peace between the affected communities.

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