Ebonyi - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Tuesday distributed relief materials to victims of communal conflict in Ochienyim Amagu, Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi.
The conflict was caused by dispute over the ownership of farmland between Amagu community in Ikwo LGA of Ebonyi and Adadama community in Abi LGA of Cross River.
Major Eze, NEMA Zonal coordinator in the South-East presented the materials on behalf of NEMA to officials of Ebonyi government at Amagu community.
He called on the governments of Ebonyi and Cross River to invite the National Boundary Commission to demarcate the boundary in order to resolve the dispute between the two communities.
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"The boundary needed to be demarcated for peace to reign as there cannot be development without peace.
"An impregnable buffer zone should be established between the two communities to restore law and order," he said.
Eze said that the relief materials was not replace what the people lost during the conflict but to cushion the effects of the unfortunate incident.
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi who commended NEMA and the federal government for the materials, reiterated the commitment of his administration to partner NEMA.
The governor was represented by Obinna Nwachukwu, the Commissioner for Border and Conflict Resolution.
Ken Nwabueze the Executive Secretary, Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) assured that the materials would be judiciously shared among the displaced persons.
Meanwhile, NEMA has said that 2 892 persons and five villages were affected in the communal violence.