The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has said bandits have taken over the premises of the institution as staff and students live in fear.
Speaking on Tuesday when he received the Director, Department of Development Control of the Federal Capital Territory, Murkta Galadima, Na’Allah according to a statement by the Public Relations Officer of UNIABUJA, Dr Habib Yakoob appealed to the federal government to protect the university from the bandits.
“He (Na’Allah) expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for approving about N400m to enable the university erect a fence, adding that his administration would embark on the project between now and December,” the statement said.
“The truth is that this great university is in trouble right now. I say this because we have all sorts of people who are living on the campus, who are using the land without respect for the environment. It is worse now because bandits are coming in and taking over land both within staff residences and outside.
“Our students are being attacked; we are living in fear of bandits. Some of the indigenes give land to these bandits without really knowing them, some don’t even ask for permission, they just take over. I can tell you that on many occasions, we have had clashes” he said.
The federal government has approved N400m for perimeter fencing of the institution.