Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba
By Jude Okwe
Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba, at the weekend said a permanent solution to the intermittent communal clash over boundary the people of Amagu in Ebonyi State and their Adadama neighbours in Cross River State is the demarcation of the boundary line by the National Boundary Commission (NBC).
Reacting to the recent internecine conflict between the two communities, the senator said the time had come for NBC to take immediate steps by demarcating the boundary so that both communities know their territorial limit and thus stave off further hostilities in the area.
In a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Chief Sam Arikpo, the Senate Leader condemned the resort to violence each time there was a disagreement between the two communities and expressed surprise that they did not exhaust all avenues of dialogue before going to war.
Ndoma-Egba appealed to them to lay down their arms as war was inimical to peace, progress and development.
He described the attack on Adadama community by Amagu warriors as barbaric and gruesome, noting that the invasion was most undesirable especially at a time Cross River State was exploring every avenue to develop its rural communities through the provision of infrastructure and basic social amenities.
Ndoma-Egba took exception to the taking up of arms at the least misunderstanding and advised traditional rulers and political leaders of Ikwo Local Government Area in Ebonyi State and their counterparts in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State to find a solution to the conflict by having in place a permanent peace committee.
As the senator representing Cross River Central senatorial district where Adadama falls under, the Senate Leader appealed to the people of that community to resist the temptation of reprisal attack as such an action would only prolong the crisis and fuel further insecurity.
He called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the displaced people of Adadama by providing them with relief materials to alleviate their suffering.
The displaced people are currently taking refuge in a primary school at Ediba pending the return of peace to their ancestral home.
Clashes over boundary dispute between Amagu and Adadama communities is over 100 years old and do heighten during farming season.
Despite the erection of beacons to demarcate the boundary, expansionist tendencies have often led to quarrel and at times full blown war by both communities that inter-marry, have a common history and do many things in common.
In 1920, British colonialists demarcated the boundary but the people of Amagu have allegedly removed seven of the 22 beacons planted in a bid to obliterate the boundary and expand into Adadama.