OrderPaperToday- The lawmaker representing Benue South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Abba Moro has bemoaned frequent killings between Ezza people in Benue and Effium people of Ebonyi.
The development was brought to the fore in a motion titled: ‘Incessant Bloody Clash between Bordering Communities of Benue and Ebonyi States: Urgent Need for Senate Intervention,’ during the Senate’s plenary on Wednesday.
Abba Moro lamented that the feeling of comradeship between the border communities of Ezza in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State and Effium of Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State no longer exists.
“Unfortunately, not less than 53 people on both sides have lost their lives in the recent clashes between the Ezza and Effium people of Benue and Ebonyi States.”
Noting that the development was caused by ceaseless communal clashes between both peoples, he attributed its current aggravation to the discovery of a mineral resource in the area. A situation Moro said leads to killings and destruction of valuables worth hundreds of millions of naira each time.
“Painfully, the crisis again started in the night and spilled into a better part of the next day as houses of the Ezza people of Ado Local Government Area of Benue State were set ablaze in the night.
“This led to the death of many Ezzas in their sleep and it doesn’t look like the incessant attacks on the peace-loving people of Ezza is coming to an end any time soon if urgent steps are not taken to permanently halt the ugly perennial mayhem suffered by the Ezza people in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State.”
“The entire Ezza community had been sacked as over 30 persons were killed within 24 hours,” the Benue lawmaker lamented.
According to him, Senator Sam Egwu (PDP, Ebonyi North) had also pleaded with his constituents “to sheath their swords and embrace peace”.
“The border community is now a ghost town as people moved away from their ancestral homes becoming refugees in foreign land”
The Senate, in its resolutions, condemned the killings between both communities in strong terms.
It urged the Federal Ministry of Defence, Nigeria Police Force, and other relevant security agencies to establish a Security base at border communities between Benue and Ebonyi to forestall further attacks.
The Red Chamber also called on the National Boundary Commission to exercise its powers as enshrined under Section 7 of the National Boundary Commission Act, to define and delineate boundaries between the Ezzas and Effiums.
They mandated the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to quickly mobilise relief and rehabilitation materials to families of victims and displaced Ezzas in the recent attacks.