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Plateau: Miyetti-Allah agrees to stop grazing on Plateau varsity premises

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From Ron Jacob, Jos.
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN) on Friday agreed to stop its members from grazing on the premises of Plateau sState University (PLASU), Bokkos.
The association gave the pledge during a meeting it held with the security task force, Operation Safe Haven, Bokkos Command; and the Management of Plateau State University.
Present at the meeting was MACBAN Vice Chairman, Isa Idris, represented by Sale Yusuf Adam; Operation Safe Haven Bokkos Command, represented by Lt. Paul Asoh: and the Chief Security Officer of PLASU, Mr Istifanus Kurtong, who represented the Vice Chancellor.
Everday.ng reports that the trio had agreed on zero tolerance for day and night cattle grazing on the premises of the University.

Prof Yohanna Izam, the PLASU Vice Chancellor, said that the agreement was a “landmark’’ to the institution given the disturbing activities of herdsmen, who usually break through the University fence to graze their cattle both during the day and night.

“This is because the incessant trespass by the cattle breeders had always resulted to breach of peace in the institution.

“We also agreed that henceforth Fulanis will stop any form of grazing within the University premises as there is no cattle route running through the University Community to warrant such actions, ’’ he said.

Izam noted that by the agreement, “the security agents are now at liberty to take any action they deem fit over any cattle apprehended grazing in the University Community during the day or at night.’’

He disclosed that only recently, suspected hoodlums attempted to defile a female student but failed when the students bravely withstood them and chased them away.

According to him, the incident was being investigated by the University security committee and that anyone found culpable would be duly punished.

He reassured all parents, guardians and stakeholders that the authorities were not leaving anything to chance by ensuring the safety of both students and staff.

The VC explained that was why the management approved the location of a security outpost near the University for rapid response.

Nonetheless, Izam, on behalf of the University Community, sympathised with and sent condolences to all victims of the recent attack on some villages in the state, while praying for the quick restoration of peace.

Meanwhile, an NGO, Search for Common Ground, on Friday decried the huge effects of incessant Farmers-Herders conflicts on women and children in Nigeria.

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