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THE Director-General of the National Boundary Commission, Adamu Adaji, on Tuesday admitted that the commission had no records of the number of deaths resulting from boundary disputes between communities in Nigeria.
The DG, who argued that it was a “misconception” to say that every communal clash was also boundary-related, said although it was true that deaths had taken place in some communities across the country, they couldn’t all be attributed to boundary disputes.
Adaji was reacting to a report in The PUNCH on the casualties resulting from boundary-related clashes and communal crises across the country.
He stated, “I didn’t say there are no deaths arising from boundary despites; what I’m saying is that the numbers you are quoting here are not known to us as numbers that are attributable to deaths as a result of boundary disputes. We have had instances where there has been some loss of lives, but not to the magnitude which you have cited. There may be communal clashes that may not necessarily be boundary-related.
“Although we do not keep records of deaths, we have had isolated cases of records of deaths in some flash point boundaries. We have never recorded such a humongous number as quoted by your media.”