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Withdraw cows from UNIUYO, VC tells herdsmen

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Etim Ekpimah, Uyo

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Prof. Enefiok Essien, has given Fulani herdsmen two weeks ultimatum to remove their cattle from the institution’s campuses.

Essien said this during a meeting with the Fulani herdsmen led by their head, Alhaji Farouk Allah, in Uyo on Monday.

Essien, in a statement by the Director, Public Relations, UNIUYO, Mr. Godfrey Essien, said the meeting was very crucial in the interest of peace and unity in the university.

The ultimatum, the statement noted, began on Friday, April 28, 2017 and would expire on May 11, 2017.

According to the statement, the university had been observing herds of cattle frequently moving around the university main campus.

He called on the leadership of the herdsmen to restrain their cattle from entering the institution in order to avoid conflict.

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

The VC, however, directed the Chief Security Officer of the university, Lt. Col. Nkana Efik (retd.), to liaise with the herdsmen, to ensure that the cows were taken out of the campuses within two weeks.

He thanked all the parties at the meeting for their contributions, understanding and commitment towards ensuring peace and unity.

The Registrar and Secretary to the Senate, Mr. Aniedi-Abasi Udofia, said the clashes had threatened the peace in parts of the country because of the activities of herdsmen.

He added that the university did not want any herdsmen-related conflict within the university or in its host communities.

Udofia, while urging the Fulani community to withdraw their cattle with immediate effect, observed that the cattle had been roaming the campuses destroying experimental crops among others.

The Secretary, Fulani Herdsmen Association, Ahmed Aliyu, thanked the vice-chancellor and the management of the university for the invitation to discuss the matter, and appealed for time to negotiate with his colleagues to resolve the matter amicably.

The meeting was attended by members of the university management, personnel from the Department of State Services and the police.

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