FG dismisses alleged invasion of Nigerian communities by Benin RepublicFG dismisses alleged invasion of Nigerian communities by Benin Republic


LOGO-700x336The Federal Government yesterday debunked alleged encroachment on its territorial areas by Benin Republic.
It said the report on the invasion was capable of sparking diplomatic row between the two countries, describing the report as untrue.
Director General, National Boundary Commission (NBC), Dr. Mohammed Bose Ahmad, made the clarification while speaking with newsmen shortly after he led a delegation to the palace of Emir of Okuta in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State, Alhaji Idris Sero Abubakar.
Ahmed said no inch of Nigeria, known to the Federal Government has been encroached upon. In the team were Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Alhaji Haruna Tambiri Mohammed; his permanent secretary, Alhaji Sharu Koro Mohammed and top officials of National Boundary Commission.
They were in the town to ascertain the veracity of the report of alleged invasion of 16 communities in Okuta, a border town between Nigeria and Benin republic where the latter’s flags were said to have been hoisted.
The state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said the state government was displeased with the report because of the way it portrays Nigeria in the international community.
But the Emir of Okuta, who was reported to have corroborated the alleged invasion, denied granting any interview to any news medium on the matter, saying there was never a time he was contacted. -The Sun


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