Peace may soon return to the warring councils of Agila and Ngbo of Benue and Ebonyi states, respectively, following the mutual agreement by the two states to honour the controversial legal notice.
Agila council chairman, Mr Alex Okpokwu Ogaba, who spoke to newsmen in Makurdi on Tuesday, expressed optimism that the boundary dispute between Benue and Ebonyi states might soon become thing of the past.
Ogaba said that the people of Agila and Ngbo had agreed to respect the agreement reached between the two states, in December last year.
He noted that the controversial legal notice number 126 of 1954 had been resolved so as not to disrupt farming activities.
The chairman stated that the people were only waiting for the National Boundary Commission to start the demarcation exercise, earlier slated for March this year but which had been put off indefinitely.
According to him: “the two communities have agreed to stop fighting in order not to disrupt farming activities, what we are waiting for now is the demarcation exercise by National Boundary Commission.”
“May I use this opportunity to call on National Boundary Commission to carry out the exercise, it was earlier slated for March this year but for one reason or the other, it was put off so we are waiting for them.”
He said sufficient number of mobile police men had been stationed at the boundary, adding that the agreement signed by the deputy governors of the two states last year, had helped in dousing tension.
He appealed to the two state governments not to relent in their efforts until the demarcation exercise was carried out, and urged the National Boundary Commission to hasten the process since the two sides had agreed to observe the said agreement.
Source: Idoma Voice