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The hostility between Effiom and Ezza in Ado and Ohaukwu Native Authorities Areas of Benue and Ebonyi States has indicated {that a} main disaster between the 2 neighbouring states is probably going, DAILY POST noticed.

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Recall that the rival communities have a number of occasions clashed over boundary demarcation, resulting in the loss of life of many, whereas property had been burnt and destroyed because the variety of Internally Displaced Individuals, IDPs, continues to multiply within the areas.

Following the disaster, about 5 elders from Odum Group of Ulayi District, Ado LGA had been kidnapped by unknown armed males final month which heightened stress between the warring communities.

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Recall additionally that on Monday, April 2021, armed males invaded Umuogudu Akpu Group, Ngbo, in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State and gruesomely killed over 12 harmless indigenes, burnt and destroyed over 56 homes and kidnapped 5 individuals.

Just a few days in the past, ten individuals had been murdered whereas others sustained various levels of accidents in a renewed hostility between the warring villages as scores had been rendered homeless.

DAILY POST reviews that Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State had in April 2021 accused the Agila Group in Ado Native Authorities Space of Benue State of launching assaults on the Ebonyi neighborhood which in line with him, led to the killing of an unspecified variety of residents.

Reacting, Governor Ortom’s Deputy and Chairman of the Benue Boundary Committee, Engr Benson Abounu in an announcement, urged Umahi to go away Benue out of assaults in Ebonyi communities.

Engr Abounu, who expressed disappointment over Governor Umahi’s allegation, urged him to conduct a correct investigation on the incident and retract his declare.

Following the lingering disaster, a member representing Ado/Ogbadibo/Okpokwu Federal Constituency, Dr Francis Ottah Agbo, has appealed to the Effiom and Ezza individuals residing on the borders of Benue and Ebonyi States to defend their swords and provides peace an opportunity.

When contacted by DAILY POST correspondent, the Ado LG Chairman, Mr James Oche famous that the aged lengthy disaster escalated from different components of Ebonyi State, stating that it will probably solely be resolved by the state authorities.

In response to him, “What our persons are struggling right here is on account of Effiom and Ezza disaster which escalated from Ebonyi to Ado LGA.

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“It didn’t originate right here so solely the Ebonyi State Authorities can go to the foundation of the issue and settle the difficulty between the 2 tribes”.

Talking on Umahi’s allegations that the individuals of Agila attacked the Ebonyi neighborhood, Mr Oche stated, ” With the report we’ve, the assault the governor was referring to, was carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen”.

The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Anene Sewuese Catherine advised DAILY POST that she would seek the advice of the Responsibility Police Officer in command of the world and get again to our correspondent.

Nonetheless, the Ebonyi State Police Command refuted the latest assault that reportedly led to the loss of life of 10 individuals in Ado and Ohaukwu LGs.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Loveth Odah who spoke with DAILY POST on Wednesday, claimed that the aged lengthy disaster had been resolved, stating that, “What stays is the correct demarcation of the disputed land border,” which in line with her would occur quickly.

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