Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 July 2012

Nigeria: DG Alerts On Attacks, Harassment At Borders

Calabar — Director General of the Cross River State Border Communities Development Commission, Leo Aggrey, has said that there are constant attacks and harassment of Nigerians living in border communities of the state.

At a media briefing in Calabar, he lamented that property and lives of Nigerians living in communities bordering Cameroun are not secured.

Aggrey said the attacks have been compounded by incessant cross border movements and exploitation of natural resources belonging to the state by criminals.

"The state has lost huge resources as a result of these unauthorized exploitations and cross border movements", he said.

Aggrey, who said that prior to 2008 when the commission was established, the border communities were abandoned, added, "As a result of this, there was total lack of government's presence by way of infrastructure, making the people vulnerable."

He said the commission has erected and furnished many police stations, schools, health centers with staff quarters, toilets and boreholes in those communities.

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