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Boundary commission urges dialogue over Sokoto-Kebbi boundary conflict

Boundary crises in Nigeria sometimes degenerate into violent clashes.

• December 9, 2022
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Adamu Adaji, the director-general of the National Boundary Commission (NBC), has called on border communities in Kebbi and Sokoto to embrace peace and dialogue as the commission strived to demarcate the borders.

Mr Adaji made the call at the joint meeting of officials on Kebbi and Sokoto interstate boundary on Thursday in Abuja.

The NBC boss said the Kebbi-Sokoto interstate boundary emerged from the part of the internal boundaries of the old Sokoto State in1991.

According to Mr Adaji, the boundary is approximately 350km in length, adding that the Commission’s first attempt on the boundary was in 2008, stressing that the planned demarcation of the entire boundary then could not be achieved.

“The meeting identified the flashpoints on the boundary are Augie/silame, Tambuwal/Gwandu, and Sanyinna/Gwandu sectors of the boundary. In December 2008, a meeting of experts was convened to screen relevant documents presented from both states which were classified as primary, secondary and tertiary Documents,” stated the NBC boss.

He added, “The boundary has witnessed relative peace over the years, and I must commend the two states and the traditional institutions that have made that possible.”


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