The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, deploy Armed Forces to Isu beachline boundary community in Arochukwu local government area of Abia State.
The resolution was passed sequel to the motion of urgent national importance raised by Nkole Ndukwe (PDP-Abia) who expressed displeasure over the death of several innocent citizens.
While stressing the need to salvage the lives and property within the troubled areas, which has led to the razing down of three villages, the House enjoined President Buhari to in accordance with section 217(2c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) use his good office to deploy the Armed Forces to the affected areas, with the view to restoring lasting peace and order to the communities.
The House also mandated National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately and without further delay deploy relief materials (including medical supplies) to the communities in addition to medical and health personnel to treat those who sustained various degrees of injuries during the fracas.
Similarly, the House mandated National Boundary Commission to immediately and without further delay clearly and unambiguously demarcate and define the boundaries of both communities to avoid further clashes.
In the bid to ensure compliance, the House mandated its joint Committees on Defence and Public Safety and Intelligence to coordinate the implementation and attainment of the resolutions with the Presidency, NEMA, NBC and report back to the House within two weeks.
In his lead debate, Ndukwe said, “Apart from the wanton loss of lives and property and massive displacement of persons, there is the resultant distrust among communities that is a grave threat to national unity and loss of confidence in social institutions.
“The House is saddened that between Thursday, April 19, 2018 and Saturday, April 21, 2018, communal clashes erupted in Isu beachline boundary community in Arochukwu local government area of Abia State which shares its boundary with Utuma in Cross River State in which the Utuma attacked the Isu beachline communities of Iheosu, Aba and Amaechi.”
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