Osinbajo, Ortom Meet Over Benue, Ebonyi Land Crisis

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe met behinde closed doors with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over land crisis between the two states.

The acting Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Adaji Adamu also attended the meeting.

After the end of the meeting, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom while addressing State House Correspondents said ” We came at the instance of the vice-president to discuss the lingering problem between Benue and Ebonyi states, in particular between Agila in Benue and Ngbo in Ebonyi.

“We are also here with the acting DG, National Boundary Commission and we have taken far reaching decisions to ensure we demarcate the boundary between these two states so that we can hold our people responsible.

“As it is now, it’s difficult to identify the criminals who are creating tension and creating more of these problems.

 “So I believe that very soon, the boundary commission will come out with a programme to enable Benue and Ebonyi team up and provide the necessary logistics and security to ensure that the boundary is demarcated.

“Well, it’s a border crisis because we are talking about two states. We should know the limits of each state. It’s a border problem more like a communal problem.”

On TIV/Jukun crisis, he said: “Well, I know that there is a spillover. This is largely TIV and Jukum in Taraba State.  I have Jukun in Benue State. We are not fighting. There were issues in the past and I decided to set up a judicial commission of enquiry, which is still sitting to look at the remote and immediate causes of this strife so that we can find a solution to it.

“This other one is more of a problem in Taraba, but because there are TIV people in Benue and we are talking about TIV people, so each time people are displaced, some run back to Benue, so that’s the spirit of it.

“But I think Taraba State governor is doing well. Recently they met and agreed that there should be ceasefire. Although I saw in the press that there were some issues with that peace agreement, you know each time there are efforts to try to solve problems, criminals will come in and I think that the steps the governor took by inviting two sides, both the TIV and the Jukum to sit together and find means of how they can resolve this matter, is the best approach.

“I believe that once that problem is sorted out in Taraba State, we will not have anything in Benue State.”

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