- Hoists flags in Kwara border communities
In a show of infringement on territorial sovereignty, neighbouring Benin Republic has invaded Nigerian territory and hoisted its national flag in no fewer than 16 villages in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The aggression has triggered high tension amongst people in the affected border communities.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that authorities of the neighbouring country have established police station in the affected Nigerian communities.
The invaded Nigeria villages include; Ogomne, Bwin, Gandasunon, Kpuru and Woru Wuren Kparu, Ajuba1, Ajuba 2, Saka Yeruman Kparu,Monta, Dotin Kparu,Halidun Kparu, Yakubun Kparu, Sonsi, Gunosani, Alhaji Kparu, Yodo Mankparu and Simen Kparu.
The development is contrary to the boundary delineation of 1914 between Britain and France which the two countries had hitherto maintained.
Meanwhile, residents of Gorome community in the local government area are resisting any attempt to cede them to the Republic of Benin in the ongoing land dispute in the boarder community.
In a telephone with our correspondent in Ilorin, a dependable source who pleaded anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter said: ‘‘any attempt to cede the community away to the French speaking country amounts to the denial of our ancestral right as a Batonun speaking community.
“Historically, we have been the major occupants of the said land from time immemorial. We farm on it and we have finally come to settle on it. If taken from us now, what is our gain?” he lamented.
All efforts to confirm the development from the Director, Defence Information, Col Rabe Abubakar proved abortive as he could not be reached on phone. Also, the Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman could not respond to calls put across to him.
Similarly, Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State, ASP Ajayi Okasanmi, could not be reached on his mobile phone line