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Over 1,000 youths from the six host communities of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), at the weekend protested over the acquisition of their ancestral land by the university.
The host communities are: Ihiagwa, Obinze, Dindi Ihiagwa, Avu, Umuoma Nekede and Umuanunu in Owerri West Council Area of Imo State.
The demonstration coincided with the coming of the visitation panel to the university.
The protesters carried placards and chanted war songs in front of the Senate building in the university.
Addressing reporters, the spokesman for the host communities, Comrade Victor Aharanwa, said they were protesting over their ancestral land, which FUTO had allegedly annexed and had been making use of for the past 38 years without compensation to them.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Eze said that the issue was already been handled by the state government.
He said: “It is a matter the state government is already handling. We are almost at the end of the matter.”