Staff and students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) have stormed the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital protesting the activities of land grabbers in the institution campus.
Armed with different placards, the protesters moved from the school campus to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) office, the Governor’s office at Alagbaka, and the palace of Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi to protest against the activities of those who are selling the land of the institution.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read “FECA Land is Not for sale” Rescue FECA from Land grabbers” Allow FECA to breathe” “Agriculture is the Hope for Nigeria” and “Don’t send FECA into Extinction”.
Addressing reporters, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of the College (ASUU), Mr Kayode Sule, said the activities of the land grabbers were affecting the training of students of the college.
Sule described the activities of land grabbers as illegal, and aggrieved protesters urged the Federal and State Governments to intervene.
His words “What is going on is that we have had this problem of land grabbers coming from time to time to disturb us in the college. As we are speaking now, they are right inside the college, bulldozing lands, destroying economic trees, destroying those things that we use in the training of our students, all the economic trees, economic crops being bulldozed by land grabbers even as we speak now.
“What we are coming out to protest again is to tell the whole world, to tell the government, every concerned citizen and stakeholders in the country that enough is enough that an end must be put to these incessant harassments by land grabbers.
“And some people in this community who believe that this land is for grabs and that it must be sold off and that this college must not exist.”
Sule revealed that there were several cases in court with several groups of land grabbers, but said there was a particular man that came with security and started destroying our fences with the help of security men and things on Thursday.
He urged Akure sons and daughters, the government, FG, Ondo State Government to help the college from going into extinction by land grabbers.