Fulani herdsmen trouble DELSU, UNIUYO as institutions panic

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[Delta — Akwa-Ibom]–The Fulani herdsmen have been constituting nuisance to the Delta State University (DELSU) and the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) lately.

The authorities of UNIUYO have given a two-week ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen grazing on all the campuses of the institution to vacate.

The school’s authority alleged that it was no longer comfortable with the herders as their cattle had constituted nuisance to the premises.

In an announcement by the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Enefiok Essien, he told the Fulani herdsmen led by their head, Alhaji Farouk Miyetti Allah, in Uyo, on Monday that they have between then and May 11 to vacate the campus.

There were herds of cattle constantly moving around the main campus and therefore, called on the leadership of the herdsmen to restrain their cattle from entering the university in order to avoid conflict and discord,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor also directed the chief security officer of the university, Lt. Col. Nkana Efik (rtd), to liaise with the herdsmen, to ensure that the cattle were taken out of the campuses within two weeks.

Similarly, The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Delta State University, Abraka branch, Prof. Abel Diakparomre, has expressed worries over the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen in Abraka, urging the Ovie of Oruarivie-Abraka kingdom, HRM Akpomeyoma Majoroh Ojetta 2, to put the union under his protective hands.

The ASUU chairman described these nefarious actions by suspected Fulani herdsmen as worrisome, adding that the spatial location of the Sites of the university in Abraka presents an integrative occupation structure that does not separate Town and Gown, and thus puts academic staff, other staff and students in harms way, especially when there is a breakdown of law and order.

“We know that the problem of violent attack by cattle herdsmen on host communities is beginning to cut across many states of the nation. But, each environment has its own unique characteristics. Therefore, the problems that are engendered by the murderous actions of the cattle herdsmen also assume texture and coloration from place-to-place.
“Abraka has a status and character that distinguish her from other towns in the state. Abraka houses the main campus of the Delta State University which has a student population of over 20000 and staff number of over 2, 200. The assemblage of these staff and students from different ethnic nationalities gives additional security challenges to the host community and traditional institutions in the area.

“About a month ago, a non-teaching staff of the university was brutally murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen. About two weeks ago, another man was reportedly murdered by, again, suspected Fulani herdsmen. This incident elicited a reaction which caused a disruption of public peace in the community,” he raised concerns.

Recall that Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, the Vice–Chancellor of the University of Ilorin last week gave herdsmen encroaching on the institution’s land a one-week ultimatum to quit.




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