The Senate has urged the nine senators from Anambra, Enugu and Kogi states to reach an agreement on the way out of the conflict between communities in Anambra and Kogi states following the discovery of crude oil in the Anambra Basin.
Senator Atai Ali on Tuesday brought a motion to call the Senate’s attention to the conflict which had already claimed six lives.
He noted that the two communities of Echenwo/Odeke in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State and the people of Enugu-Otu Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government had engaged themselves in a bloody clash.
He said, “The emerging feud is not a cheap fight by any consideration because it is war over crude oil, not just a communal clash over a piece of land or farm.
“Crude oil has a huge price tag that could easily attract mercenaries to fight for money on both sides and this would certainly take the crisis out of control of the disputants and even over-stretch the resources and the security agencies.”
Ali also underscored the implications on oil revenues should the crisis be allowed to escalate. He therefore prayed that a team from the Joint Task Force to be sent to the area and for the Federal Government to create a buffer zone in the disputed territory pending the resolution of the crisis.