There is a palpable tension and fear in the border communities of Okuta in Baruten LGA of Kwara State over the alleged invasion of 16 villages by the authorities of neighbouring Benin Republic.
According to ThisDay, in their firmness to annex the Nigerian villages, the authorities of Benin Republic had gone ahead to construct offices (Police station) in the affected Nigerian communities and also hoisted the country’s flag.
The development disregards the boundary delimitation of 1914 between Britain and France which the two countries had regarded.
The affected Nigerian villages include Ogomne, Bwin, Gandasunon, Kpuru and Woru Wuren Kparu.
Others are Ajuba,1, Ajuba 2, Saka Yeruman Kparu,Monta, Dotin Kparu,Halidun Kparu, Yakubun Kparu, Sonsi,Gunosani, Alhaji Kparu,Yodo Mankparu and Simen Kparu.
Speaking with pressmen, the Emir of Okuta, Alhaji Idris Serio Abubakar, who confirmed it, said the development also led the Okuta Emirate Council to order the people of Yakparu axis to dismantle the Beninoise flag hoisted in the villages, adding that the flag was currently in the custody of the emirate council in the town.
The monarch pleaded with the Kwara and Federal Governments to come to the aid of the people of Okuta villages as teachers, dispensary workers and Immigration officials in Ogomue had been sent packing from the Nigerian villages by Benin Republic officials and are now living in fear of possible attack.