UNILORIN: Court remands Fulani herdsmen,others in Mandala prison for trespassing

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[Kwara]–A Chief Magistrate’s Court based in Ilorin has remanded 28 persons, comprising Fulani herdsmen, Yoruba and Hausa farmers for allegedly trespassing into plots of land belonging to the University of Ilorin.

The suspects were alleged to have in the process destroyed the school plantation and perpetrated other mischievous activities on the University campus.

The accused persons were remanded at the Federal Medium Security Prison, Mandala, Ilorin pending further hearing in the three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, trespass and mischief preferred against them. The alleged offences are contrary to Sections 97, 348 and 327 of Penal Code Law.

Their arrest and arraignment followed a petition written to the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Ilorin, by the University authority that some hoodlums and strangers had invaded the institution’s land and thereby constituting nuisance and security threat to the University Community.

In response to the petition, a joint team of the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) carried out a raid on the identified spots within the institution’s premises, where the accused persons were arrested.

According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), some items allegedly recovered from the accused include a single barrel gun, cartridges, cutlasses and a truck with registration number ARP 595 XA.

Recall that Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, the Vice–Chancellor of the University of Ilorin had on Tuesday, May 2, gave herdsmen encroaching on the institution’s land a one-week ultimatum to quit.

In a meeting with the representatives of the herdsmen and other stakeholders on the campus, the VC said that their presence there was a violation of the laws governing the university.




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