The House of Representatives has urged the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to urgently commence the demarcation of the boundary between Eluelu Ariam community in Abia State and Abama community in Akwa Ibom state.
This is sequel to the adoption of a motion moved by member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North, South Federal Constituency of Abia State, Rep. Sam Onuigbo (PDP).
Moving the motion, Onuigbo called on security agencies to quickly arrest the situation in order to prevent further loss of lives and destruction of property in the communities.
“We have already lost two lives and they are continuing with the crisis.
“If government fails to intervene at this point to nip the crisis in the bud, we probably might be harvesting more problems.
“Or be experiencing the kind of problem that is going on in Cross River state where communal clashes like this has led to so many people over a hundred people being killed.
“We do not want this to deteriorate to that situation and that is why we are calling on the Federal Government, the police, the National Boundary Commission and all the other security agencies to move in and arrest the situation.’’
The lawmaker added that timely intervention by the relevant authorities would put an end to the frequent clashes between the two communities.
The house, therefore, mandated its committees on Army, Police Affairs, Special Duties and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.
The house also urged the Chief of Staff to direct the military commander stationed at the border between the two communities to address the deteriorating security situation in the area.