The Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul- Rasheed Na’Allah revealed that bandits and kidnappers have taking over the campus.
He appealed to Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through its Department of Development Control to remove structures that constitute threat to the campus because of the security challenge.
The Vice Chancellor gave this revelation when he played host to the Director, Department of Development Control Murkta Galadima, on Tuesday in Abuja.
He lamented that any structure the university tries to build is being resisted and atimes they have to pay money to be able to raise such structures.
According to him; “One of our challenges which is at the highest level of priority is the encroachment of the university land which is also a national emergency
“The truth is that this university is in trouble right now because we have all sorts of people who are living in the campus, who are utilizing the land, who have no respect for the environment, it has even gone further that bandits are coming in and taking over lace both within staff residences and outside.
“We now have our students being attacked . We are living in fear because of the bandits. Some of the indigenes give land to them without really knowing them. Some don’t even ask for permission they just take over. Many times we have clashes.”
“We are taking this issue seriously, unfortunately alarm was raised before and there were efforts that were made but were abandoned. So they have taken it that nothing will happen so they have grown so comfortable.”
“We need FCT to work with us to the very end to get this campus safe.
I am happy that the Federal Government just allocated about N400 million to start the fencing of the university and between now and December we must start.”
He continued; “You can imagine when Very important personality plane is flying over the campus. The elements we are talking about are faceless and you don’t know their capacity.”