Monday, May 20, 2024

C’River border communities lament influx of refugees, encroachment on farms

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Many borderline communities in Obanliku and Obudu LGAs within the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State have lamented the continuous influxes of refugees from Cameroon, in addition to incessant encroachments on their farmlands by folks from Benue State.

They expressed the fear throughout a city corridor assembly attended by key stakeholders, reminiscent of paramount rulers, clan heads, village heads, youth teams and heads of safety establishments within the district.

Director-Normal of the Cross River State Border Fee (BORDERCOM), Onun Ngim Okpo, met with them because the state authorities continues the conduct of Baseline Survey/Wants Evaluation of border communities.

The stakeholders notably emphasised that the encroachments into their farmlands had usually probably led to communal conflicts with their neighbours.

They requested the institution of organized border patrol groups to handle trespassing points.

The Director-Normal assured swift authorities intervention aligned with the people-centric management fashion of Senator Prince Bassey Otu.

He emphasised the significance of peace and urged the communities to actively take part within the evaluation to reinforce authorities service supply.

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