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Oju, Ibilla land dispute: Benue govt wades in

By Florence Ugbem

Benue State government is set to find a lasting solution to the land dispute between the Oju and Ibilla clans of Oju Local Government Area by scheduling to visit both communities, in a view to resolve and demarcate the boundaries between both communities.

Benue State Deputy Governor, and Chairman, Benue State Boundary Committee, Engr Benson Abounu disclosed this on Monday when he met with stakeholders from Oju and Ibilla clans at his office in Makurdi.

The deputy governor enjoined all parties to come together and resolve the lingering land dispute, in order to live in peace and unity with each other, stating that they are brothers who speak the same language and are from the same local government area, as such, such disputes should be resolved.

“We will come to sit down with the elders, and youths in both communities and then decide which land belongs to who, we will go there and look at the land practically,” he stressed

Meanwhile, Engr Abounu, directed that all signboards erected that have fueled the crisis be temporarily removed for the sake of peace and to enable the government take a permanent and objective decision over the land dispute.

He also warned aggrieved members not to take matters into their hands, stating that necessary sanctions will be taken against anyone who takes the law into his hands to cause unrest in the area.

Adviser to the Governor Samuel Ortom on Religious Matters, Blessed Onah, in his closing remark, thanked the deputy governor for his fatherly advice and how he has continued to handle boundary issues in the state. He assured the government of peace between the Oju and Ibilla people, while they waited for government intervention and demarcation of affected areas.

The meeting was attended by the Oju Local Government Council Chairman, Mrs Evelyn Okwe, government officials from Oju LGA, members of the Benue State House of Assembly, traditional rulers and stakeholders from both communities, and the Security Adviser to the state governor, Col Paul Hemba (Rtd).

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