The Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Professor Michael Adikwu, Monday, raised the alarm over the occupation of the University of Abuja by herdsmen and their cattle which he said was ordered by the Federal Government.
Adikwu, who spoke with newsmen Monday at the main campus of the university as part of the activities marking his three years in office said the Federal Government ordered the herdsmen to move into the campus of the university.
He said he had sought the intervention of the Federal government on the urgent need to relocate the herdsmen and their cattle from the university campus.
“The federal government purposely ordered the herdsmen and their cattle to occupy the campus. This is a problem to us and I have tried to seek the intervention of the FCT Minister to relocate them”, he said.
The vice chancellor explained that from what he gathered, the herdsmen were brought into the university purposely by the Federal government when they had clashes with natives of the Federal Capital Territory in order to stave off further violence.
He added that he had personally approached the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, on the issue.
“I have mentioned it to the Minister of FCT and we now have a committee working on that. The minister mentioned that they will eventually be relocated to Pai.
“He said there were four grazing sites. We are hopeful because I also mentioned it to the present governing council of the university to sort of stimulate the minister so that he can remove them from our campus,” Adikwu said.