The people of Akirika Obu in Ukwa East Local Government Area have been urged to maintain peace as the State and Federal Governments are on top of the boundary dispute between them and their Akwa Ibom neigbours.
The Deputy Governor, Sir Udo Oko Chukwu and his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Mr. Moses Ekpo, gave the charge during their sensitization visit to the area.
They charged all warring factions to remain calm as the matter is being handled by the National Boundary Commission.
In his remarks, the Director General, National Boundary Commission, Adamu Adaji, reminded both parties that they are neigbhours and should not attack each other and informed them that the National Boundary Commission will soon commence the process of boundary demarcation to solve the age-long boundary dispute.
He advised them to join forces to check criminality in the area in other to attract government attention and appreciated the Governors of Abia and Akwa Ibom States for their efforts in maintaining peace in Akirika Obu.
In his speech, the Chairman, Ukwa-East Local Government Area, Chief Chuks Wabara, stated that there is no boundary dispute in the area rather a case of two brothers trying to choose which State to align with noting that the barrack which was formerly inhabited by Mopol 25 of Azumini was built by Abia State Government from foundation.
Also speaking, the special Adviser to the Governor on boundary matters, Sir Chris Nwanevu who has been following the matter since 1991 affirmed that peace is all that is needed to attract more development in the area and pleaded with the Nigerian Army not to be partisan in their dealings in order not to fuel the tension around there.