By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife on Wednesday declared that the university is not ready to concede any part of its land to anybody.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju, who conducted Journalists round the disputed land within the school premises said the the whole land belongs to the Federal Government.
According to him, the land which is about 162 hectares was given to the University in the 60s by the then Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi.
He disclosed the land grabbers had already selling some portions of land of the institution to the people.
Olanrewaju also said that construction workers working on the proposed OAU International Secondary school were chased away with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons by the hoodlums.
“The three blocks of hostels built for students on the said land which can occupy about 360 students were abandoned due to series of physical and spiritual attack by the hoodlums.”
The PRO said that some aggrieved indigenes of Ile-Ife, who claimed ownership of some portions of the university land on April 3, also invaded the University and allegedly poisoned the institution dam with chemical.
While describing the poisoning of the dam as genocidal, he however said that the dam had been treated and now safe for drinking.
“The act is condemnable and wicked. How can some group of people poisoned the only source of dam where over 36,000 communities were drinking from. The act is genocidal.
“They came through the parakin area of the town to poison the dam but God was so good to us that immediately the the dam was poisoned, rain fell for two days which washed all the poisonous chemical away.
“We have treated the water and laboratory test had been done on it and now very safe to drink”, Olanrewaju said.
Speaking on the steps taken by the institution, he said, “The Vice-Chancellor has instructed our security men not to retaliate but it is not possible for anyone to invade Federal Government land for personal gain because the land is gazette.
“We have informed the police and other security agencies and we believe they will act accordingly.
“We have also informed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Ife Development Board,” Olanrewaju said.