University employs 60 hunters as security personnel over rising kidnapping

Federal University Lokoja

The Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State has employed 60 hunters for campus security as a measure to tackle all forms of insecurities challenges facing the school.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Olayemi Akinwumi, announced this on Monday at a news conference to mark the commencement of the school’s fifth convocation ceremonies, which started on Monday.

Prof. Akinwumi said the idea was motivated by the abduction of university staff in the parts of the country.

According to him, the students would not be allowed into their hostels until the institution is satisfied with the security on its premises.

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“The management of this institution will not toy with the security of students and staff of the university. We have seen what happened just recently in some tertiary institutions in the country where professors and their children were kidnapped on the campuses.

“We have engaged over 60 hunters and they have mapped out areas where criminals can use as an escape route and we will block those areas. Until we are satisfied with the security here in the permanent site of the university, we will not move students to the hostels for now,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor explained further that the hunters would complement efforts of the police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps while providing adequate security to the staff and students of the school.

Prof. Akinwumi also disclosed that 804 students would be conferred with degrees and postgraduate diplomas, while eminent personalities who have contributed to the development of Nigeria would be awarded honorary degrees.

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