The management of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), has hired local hunters to protect students on campus and their hostels from kidnappers.
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Sebastian Maimako, the vice-chancellor of the institution, disclosed this on Tuesday during the valedictory session to mark the end of his five-year tenure.
The university has witnessed incidences of kidnappings over the years.
“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,” Maimako said.
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“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.”
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The VC explained that apart from his collaboration with security experts which led to the significant drop in crime in the university, the institution also recorded other tremendous achievements under his leadership.
Maimako said 85 projects were completed and inaugurated during the period under review.
He added that 43 of the institution’s programmes have full accreditations, while 30 programmes have interim accreditations status out of the 75 programmes currently being run by the university.