The University of Jos (UNIJOS) has contracted local hunters to protect students on campus and their hostels over the intensed state of insecurity in Nigeria.
The university’s vice-chancellor (VC), Sebastian Maimako disclosed this on Tuesday during the valedictory session to commemorate the end of his five-year tenure.
In the last couple of years, institutions of learning have been targeted in multiple attacks and abductions by armed men.
“It is no longer news that the security situation in the country is quite tenuous. This is why under my administration, we made frantic efforts to ensure that all lives and property within the university are adequately protected,” Sebastian said.
“When we got a security report that we were the soft target, we close our hostels for almost two weeks and suspended lectures eventually. Before we could reopen, we were given a condition that we must employ the services of local hunters to help us secure our hostels, particularly at night.
“Today, this is where we are but thank God. The director of peace and conflict studies, looking at the happening, has offered to train these hunters on the rule of engagement in their working in the university.”
Maimako said apart from his partnership with security experts, which brought about the significant drop in crime in the university, the institution recorded other astounding achievements under his leadership.
The VC noted that his administration, during the period under review, started and completed 85 projects which have been inaugurated.
According to Maimako, 43 of the institution’s programmes have full accreditation status while 30 programmes have interim accreditation status out of 75 programmes which the varsity was to run.