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Governors Obi and  Wada meet over  Anambra and  Kogi land dispute


President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to determine the true owners of the oil wells being claimed by Anambra and Kogi states, the state governors have disclosed.

The media reported early in the week that communal clashes between Enugu-Otu Aguleri in Anambra State and Ashonwo/Odeke in Kogi State claimed seven lives and left scores of houses torched. However, in a joint media briefing yesterday in Abuja, Mr. Peter Obi and Captain Idris Wada (retd), governors of Anambra and Kogi states respectively faulted media reports, saying no life was lost.

Both governors claimed that “only about five houses were affected” and four motorcycles destroyed by the warring communities.

According to the governors, “the issues in contention were being given due attention by the NBC on the directives of President Goodluck Jonathan.” They promised a “speedy, peaceful and equitable resolution of the dispute,” and appealed to “all those trying to cause disaffection between the two states, with a long (history) of affinity, to desist from such.”

In a joint communiqué issued by the governors after their meeting in Abuja, they regretted the dispute between both states and assured that adequate measures had been put in place through the collaboration of both governors for the boundary dispute between both states not to continue.

They affirmed faith in the steps already taken by the President Jonathan towards the settlement and called on their people to be patient for the NBC to do its work. The governors claimed that the border crisis did not result in any loss of life, as the media reported and that only five houses and not 57 as well as only four motorcycles were destroyed.

They gave assurances that the governors of both states would come to the aid of their people affected by the dispute. They also said they would continue to explore the option of peace as the country did not need crisis of any type at this time.

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