Unidentified herdsmen have destroyed the research and training farms belonging to the University of Ilorin.
Following the attacks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, met with the leaders of 11 Fulani settlements located on the institution’s land alongside stakeholders to rectify the issue.
Vacate The University Land In The Interest Of Peace, Unilorin VC Warns Herdsmen
The vice chancellor also ordered that residential apartments built illegally on the land of the school should be vacated with immediate effect to pursue peace.
According to him, “We have a multi-million naira programme that is currently at stake now because they (herders) have gone to the extent of uprooting tubers of cassava for their cattle to feed on. We cannot conduct any research or training on the farm again because each time we get to a point where their cattle can feed on it… they go back there and destroy it.”
“The purpose of the meeting was to decide on a specific deadline for the herdsmen and other illegal settlers to vacate the property.”
Recall that the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Varsity had given the herdsmen a 3-month ultimatum to vacate the premises which they failed to comply with.
According to the Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Usman Adamu, told the UNIILORIN authorities that “the herdsmen destroying the university farmland were not living in the community.”
He added that “Fulani had been living peacefully in the environment and had even helped in checking crimes, such as kidnappings, robberies, which hitherto occurred on the university campus.”