Traditional rulers in Uturu, Isuikwuato LGA of Abia State have formed a united front against insecurity in and around the university community.
The position of the traditional rulers was made known during their visit to the Vice Chancellor of Abia State University Uturu, Professor Maxwell Onyemachi Ogbulu in his office.
The monarchs, who were led by Eze Charles Onuoha, the Chairman of Uturu Council of traditional rulers during the visit, decried the activities of criminals in and out of Uturu and its neighboring towns.
The traditional rulers lamented that Uturu was formerly known for its peaceful nature until the criminal elements began their evil operations in the different villages of Uturu including kidnappings, rape, destruction of farms, armed robbery ,which they said affected the socio-economic growth of their areas.
The royal fathers, however, commended the Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, Professor Maxwell Onyemachi Ogbulu for his sustained security strategies at securing the students, staff and guardians of Abia State University, Uturu.
They assured Prof Ogbulu of their continued support to him and the University’s management towards securing the host community of the school.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, Uturu, Ogbulu said his administration has applied some security measures in securing the lives of students and other travellers in and around the ABSU community.
He appealed for more support from the traditional rulers towards returning Uturu to its previous peaceful town while thanking them for their support.
The VC also commended Governor Alex Otti, who is the Visitor to the University, for his policies in security and education.
DAILY POST recalls that the Uturu-Okigwe, Uturu-Ihube and Uturu-Isuikwuato roads which lead into and out of the university, are some of the hotbeds of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the past two years.
Women and youths of Uturu staged peaceful protests in 2021 and 2022, respectively, against the alleged kidnappings, rape, armed robbery and invasion of their farms by criminal elements.