Unilorin VC To Herdsmen: Vacate This Land Now!
Apparently unhappy over the encroachment of the institution's land by Fulani herdsmen, the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali has ordered them to leave.
He gave the ultimatum at a meeting he held with the representatives of the herdsmen and other members of communities close to the campus.
He said their presence violates laws governing the university.
“Your activities are affecting our research works. Plants grown for research works are being destroyed, slowing down the pace of research work.
“We must ensure we do not hinder and frustrate each other, as we are members of the same society,” Ambali said.
Ambali said he hopes agreements reached at the meeting would be respected and adhered to.
He adds that the institution believes in dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts.
“People are building permanent structures on our land. When we went round, we counted about 16 structures.
“We want to use these plots for the purpose for which the university was established, hence, the need for this meeting.”
The V-C said that the university has reached agreements with some foreign collaborators to develop the land for research purposes.
Ambali noted that the illegal activities of the herdsmen on the campus would affect the over 30,000 students of the university.