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A’Ibom council boss urges FG intervention to ending boundary crisis

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By Theresa Ukpong, Uyo

Chairman of Ini local government area of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Isreal Idaisin has appealed for federal government’s intervention in ending the protracted Nkari boundary crisis.

The council boss disclosed that the boundary crisis which had pitched Nkari community against their neighbouring Usaka Uko Community in Ikwuano local government area of Abia State has affected Nkari people as they have resorted to self help to protect themselves from frequent attacks.

Idaisin lamented that even women and children from Nkari Community now go to farm with either short or long Riffles. He cautioned both Federal and State governments that if the crisis was not checked, future generation of bandits who may become thorns in the flesh of government may emerge.

“The daily crisis we have in Ini Local government area is the Nkari crisis. The people there, including women and children now go about with weapons to protect themselves. Everyone there is either with a long or short riffle to protect themselves from the Ikwuano people.

“The people of Ikwuano in Abia State usually stay in the bush, using gorrila warfare’s approach to ambush, shoot and kill our people. That is why we are appealing to the federal government to take over the disputed land or do proper demarcation to forestall further loss of lives. Thousands of people have over the years lost their lives to this same crisis”.

Idaisin, in the alternative also suggested to the Akwa Ibom and Abia State governments to come together to facilitate the demarcation and also seek possible ways to rehabilitate members of the affected communities whom he said have become wild and untamed.

“Their way of life is no longer normal. If something drastic is not done to arrest the situation and rehabilitate the people, we may be breeding a generation of future bandits and government may not be able to penetrate that area if something is not done fast,” he said.

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