Boundary dispute: Ekiti govt cautions three communities against violence

From Priscilla Ediare, Ado Ekiti

The Ekiti State Government has cautioned the people of Ipoti Ekiti, Ejiyan Ekiti and Owatedo Ekiti against taking any step that could lead to the breakdown of law and order.

Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi warned the three towns against taking any step or action on the land along their disputed portions of their boundaries while a proper boundary demarcation is yet to be concluded.

The deputy governor in a statement on Thursday by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, said the state government still stands by its directive that the three towns should refrain from erecting any structure or carrying out any development on their disputed boundaries until the conclusion of demarcation of the boundaries.

Otunba Egbeyemi urged the communities to wait for the outcome of the report of the Technical Committee of the State Boundary Commission working on the demarcation of the boundaries.

The deputy governor stressed that taking an action on the land in dispute boundaries of the three communities negates the agreement reached during a meeting held by the stakeholders in his office and runs contrary to directive not to carry out any activity on the disputed land.

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He stressed that the state government will bring the full weight of the law on any individual, group or community that foments trouble on the boundary dispute.

The deputy governor enjoined the three towns to toe the line of peace and cooperate with the state government to ensure an amicable resolution of the boundary dispute in the interest of peace and tranquillity.

“Our directive that no individual, groups or towns should carry out economic or social activities along the disputed boundaries among the three towns still stands,” he said.

“Government is determined to ensure a peaceful resolution of the dispute and the Technical Committee has been given the mandate to carry out the proper demarcation of the boundaries and submit its report.

“The communities must wait for the committee to conclude its assignment. The full wrath of the law shall be visited on any individual or group in any of the towns that go against the directive.”

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