Urhonigbe – Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has charged the new Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police, Zone 5 in Benin, Lawan Jimeta, to collaborate with the state government to resolve communal clashes between Edo and Delta states especially around the Urhonigbe axis in Orhionmwon Local Government Area (LGA).
Governor Obaseki who gave the charge on Monday while receiving AIG Jimeta at the Government House, Benin City, said the former Edo commissioner of police is not new to the security challenges in the state.
The governor expressed gratitude to the police for ensuring peace across the state, adding the state government will not relent in its support for the security agency.
“Other lingering issues has to do with our border issues, particularly the Delta border. You know we have a long stretch of border where communities just come particularly Urhonigbe axis in Orhionmwon.
“We have been having skirmishes with our brothers across the boundary; and we will need you because you know these areas very well and you know what the issues are, so you will work with us so that we can bring calm into those communities and we have no choice but to support you and ensure that you succeed”, the governor told Jimeta and his team
Recall the state government in 2018 called a meeting between it boundary committee and that of Delta State following series of attacks on border communities in Orhionmwon and Esan South-East in Edo and Ethiope-East, Ika South-East and Ukwuani LGAs of Delta State.
The boundary committees led by deputy governors of the affected states, Philip Shaibu and Kingsley Otuaro on Tuesday 17th July 2018 at the Edo Government House in Benin tasked the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to carry out physical demarcation of the disputed areas.
The Edo deputy governor urged the various communities in the border areas to embraced peace and maintain status quo, while NBC should carry out the demarcation without further delay which is yet to be done as at the time of this report.