Boundary encroachment: Ogun lawmaker expresses concern over illegal adjustment of pillars by officials of Benin Republic


Ogun assembly lawmaker,  Wahab Haruna has expressed concern over the illegal adjustment of pillars of the nation’s boundary by the officials of the Benin Republic leading to encroachment into communities in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.

Haruna (Yewa North 11), assured the residents of the areas of state government’s intervention through urgent engagements with the Federal Government to reclaim the encroached portions in the affected areas.

The lawmaker spoke on Wednesday during a fact-finding visit to the encroached areas in company of some community leaders. 

The lawmaker noted that  there had been age-long issues about the exact point of the boundary between Nigeria and Benin Republic, explaining that ‘Pillar 78’ had often been illegally shifted at six different times by the Beninese at night.

He added that the pillar was shifted without official engagements with necessary stakeholders including the National Boundary Commission, Abuja.

He expressed confidence that Gov. Dapo Abiodun was capable of exploring all necessary avenues to find lasting solution to the problem.

He called for the implementation of more infrastructural projects including access roads, health facilities and police station to further enable the residents enjoy democratic dividends.

“Let us continue to sustain the existing peace and tranquility by not taking laws into our hands, the issue at hand is an inter-governmental matter that will be resolved through engagements among the relevant stakeholders both at the state and Federal levels,” he said. 

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