As Nkari and Usaka Uko boundary crisis continue to escalate, the Executive chairman of Ini Local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Israel Idaisin has called on the Federal and State Government to intervene as members of the communities now go to their farms with guns.
The Council boss said that the protracted attack on the people of Nkari community by the neighbouring Usaka Uko Community in Ikwuano LGA of Abia State has over the years conditioned the minds of the people to resort to self defense.
Hon. Idaisin made this known in an interview with newsmen in Uyo yesterday. He bemoaned that women and children from Nkari Community now go to farm with either short or long riffles to protect themselves.
“”The people of Ikwanno in Abia State usually stay in the bush, using gorilla warfare’s approach to ambush, shoot and kill our people“” That is why we are appealing to the Federal government to take over the disputed land or do proper demarcation to forestall further loss of lives.Thousands of people have over the years lost their lives to this same crisis”. He explained.
He also suggested to the Akwa Ibom and Abia State Governments to come together to facilitate the demarcation and also seek possible ways to rehabilitate members of the affected communities whom he said have become wild and untamed. “Their way of life is no longer normal. If something drastic is not done to arrest the situation and rehabilitate the people, we may be breeding a generation of future bandits and government may not be able to penetrate that area if something is not done fast.” He concluded