The spate of destruction of farms across the country by grazing cattles has been carried to the University of Ilorin where its multi million Naira research and training farms were destroyed.
The university Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem was quoted saying in the varsity’s weekly bulletin over the matter.
According to the Bulletin, management of the institution held the security meeting with the leaders of the 11 Fulani settlements on the University land.
The publication stated that sundry economic tree on the plantations were destroyed by the cattle illegally grazing on the vast lands of the institution.
It said the meeting was attended by representatives of law enforcement agencies comprising of the Police, the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
“At the meeting held at the institution’s Auditorium Basement, Prof. Abdulkareem disclosed 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”, he added.
This was coming almost a year after the University authority first issued a quit notice to the illegal settlers.
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.
28 persons, comprising of Fulani herdsmen, Yoruba and Hausa farmers, were on May 11, 2017 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.
The publication 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.
“But at last Thursday’s meeting, the Vice-Chancellor clearly told the Fulani settlers that enough is enough” warning that the University could no longer condone the destructive activities of their grazing cattle on the University land because it was becoming too costly for the institution to bear.
However, the herdsmen from 11 communities were said to have taken turns to speak at the meeting.
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.