TROUBLE: Herdsmen take over Ojukwu Univerisity

Following the demise of Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Anambara State Government decided to honor the icon by renaming one of its universities.

They renamed the Anambra State University to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.

The University has two campuses: one is located in Uli, a suburb in Anambra State.

The second campus is located in Igbariam in the former site of the College of Agriculture.

The Igbariam campus was formerly a polytechnic but the State House of Assembly passed a law that transmuted the school to a university.

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The law establishing the University phased out the State Polytechnic and the University inherited its assets and liabilities.

It is that former Polytechnic that now houses the popular Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.

Well, the Ojukwu University has been taken over by Fulani herdsmen.

Students and staff at the university have expressed concern over the manner in which cattle have taken over the place.

If one visits the school for the first time, particularly via the back gate, you’d think the school is a grazing area.

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Herds of cattle, in record numbers, roam the campus every day with Fulani herders tugging behind the herds.

Oftentimes cows are seen surrounding lecture halls, faculty, and administrative buildings even when work is going on.

Sometimes the cows would cause traffic chaos as the herdsmen take their time to accompany them to their grazing areas inside the campus.

South East Voice recalls that sometime in 2015, the university authorities complained bitterly over the matter.

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A meeting was held between leaders of Fulani and the traditional ruler of Igbariam, Igwe Kelly.

The herdsmen withdrew from the campus that time, they later returned and have been having a field day since.

“It is embarrassing to see this kind of thing on the university campus every day.

“I wonder what the management of the university is doing about it.

“Sometimes one would stay for minutes waiting for cows to pass, even when one is trying to beat time,” a university staff said.