UniJos Vs Naraguta Community Clash: Stakeholders Intervene

 

From Yakubu Busari, Jos

 

 

 

 

Stakeholders comprising officials of the Management Committee of Jos North Local Government, the University of Jos, the Police and Naraguta community elders have met in Jos and resolved the lingering land dispute between the university and the community.

The dispute, which boiled over at the weekend and caused the death of one person and the destruction of homes and vehicles, almost degenerated into another round of violence yesterday but for the quick intervention of the police which led to the arrest of some hoodlums who allegedly chopped off the finger of a student of the university, sparking call for revenge by students.

The victim, Miss Midida Jabani, a 400 level student of the department of special education identified the culprits as Zakariya and Yusuf, who were promptly arrested by the police.

The Chairman Plateau Youth Council, PYC, Barr Chris condemned the attack as barbaric ,saying the state government should introduced anti- land grabbing law to stop the menace from escalating.

The emergency stakeholders meeting called by Management Committee Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council, Shehu Bala  was chaired by Secretary to the Government of State Prof Danladi Atu.

The vice Chancellor University of Jos Professor Sabastian Sedi Maimako,Hon Commissioner for Transport, Hon Commissioner for special duties, Permanent secretary on security,   Security Chiefs, District head of Rigiza, Naraguta Community leader, were all in attendance.

The meeting at the end called for the setting up of an advisory and implementation Committee on the issue, the fencing of the University land to serve as a measure to safeguard and prevent encroachment and the presence of Security personnel to stop any act that may lead to the breakdown of law and order.

Others are that all illegal structures shall be demolish and pull down, that the University shall not tamper with the ancient community worship center while the Anaguta and Naraguta Community leader’s shall convey same and caution their youths from taking the law into their hands