Herdsmen Destroy UNILORIN Farm, Poison Dam

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Herdsmen Destroy UNILORIN Farm, Poison Dam

Timothy Adegbola, LAGOS, Nigeria (GVE) – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has condemned the destruction of the University’s multi-million naira research and training farms by herdsmen.

They were also alleged to have poisoned the institution’s dam with chemicals.

The University weekly Bulletin issued on Monday, quoted the vice-chancellor as saying that “economic trees were destroyed by cattle grazing on the vast land of the institution”.

The publication revealed that the management of the institution, last Thursday held a security meeting with the leaders of the 11 Fulani settlements on the University land.

The meeting was attended by representatives of law enforcement agencies comprising of the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Prof. Abdulkareem disclosed at the meeting held at the institution’s Auditorium Basement that “the University management would no longer tolerate illegal grazing of cows on its land”.

He, therefore, told the illegal settlers, who have started building permanent structures to vacate the University land in the interest of peace.

According to him, this was coming almost a year after the University authorities first issued a quit notice to the illegal settlers.

Abdulkareem recalled that the University management had on April 26, 2017 handed down a seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani herdsmen encroaching on the University land to quit the campus, but the quit notice was never complied with.

The vice-chancellor also noted that on May 11, 2017, 28 persons, comprising Fulani herdsmen, Yoruba and Hausa farmers, were dragged to an Ilorin Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly trespassing into the University land, destroying the school’s plantation and perpetrating other unauthorized activities on the University campus.

He explained that the accused persons were alleged to have resorted to poisoning the institution’s dam with chemicals, while also engaging in illegal felling of economic trees from which they made charcoal.

However, at last Thursday’s meeting, the Vice-Chancellor clearly told the Fulani settlers that “enough is enough”.

The VC warned that the University could no longer condone the destructive activities of their grazing cattle on the University land, as this is becoming too costly for the institution to bear.

The publication also revealed that the herdsmen took turns to speak at the meeting.

The Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Usman Adamu, told the University management that the herdsmen destroying the University farm land were not living in the community.

He said that there were other ethnic groups embarking on illegal activities like logging, and were not Fulani.

 

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