To stop further killing of farmers at the disputed boundary between Ebonyi and Benue states and also achieve a successful demarcation of the boundary which has been slated for January 27, 2020, the Ebonyi State government has inaugurated a Peace and Security committee to ensure the success of the exercise to guarantee absolute peace in the area.
Inaugurating the committee recently, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe charged the committee to visit the area of dispute, interface with the affected community members and ensure that peace is restored to the affected community.
He said, “Your terms of reference is as follows; to visit the area of dispute, interface regularly with the affected community members, agree on mutually acceptable boundary alignment in the disputed land. You are also expected to ensure that peace is restored to the affected community within one month of your inauguration, you are to submit your report on the 29th of November.”
The Chairman of the committee is Apostle Benjamin Obaji, while Ebonyi Local Government Chairman, Princess Chinyere Nwogbaga, Prof. Adaeze Nwuzor, HRH Eze Iboza Nwadum, HRH Eze Emmanuel Okeye, Lawrence Nwagu, Dominic Ekpoku, Rev. Livinus Nweke, Rev. Fr Pius Nwiyi, DPO Ebonyi Local Government, State Security Service Ebonyi Local Government, and Chief Ozigbo are members of the committee.
Speaking on behalf of the members of the committee, Apostle Obaji assured the state that the committee will work with the terms of reference to make sure they deliver, adding that they will perform to the level that the state will appreciate.
In an interview, Ebonyi Local Government Council Boss, Mrs. Nwaogbaga promised to provide the enabling environment for the committee to operate in order to achieve success and expressed optimism that at the end of the exercise, there will be lasting peace in the area, stating that they will not disappoint Ebonyi people.
On his part, the commissioner for Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, Hon. Stanley Emegha restated his confidence on the caliber of dignitaries that were selected to be part of the committee, stating that members of the committee know the terrain very well and are familiar with the history of the boundary and as such are knowledgeable in that regard to handle the issue.
He pointed out that with the National Boundary Commission coming in for the demarcation that the end to the bloody clashes between Ebonyi and Benue is at hand.
However, Emegha charged the committee to make sure that what belongs to Ebonyi people are for them and for them not to agitate for what doesn’t belong to them.