The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Dutse (FUD), Jigawa, Prof. Abdulkarim Sabo, has approved the hiring of 55 local hunters to enhance security in and around the university campus.
Chief Information Officer of the university, Alhaji Abdullahi Yahaya, announced this in a statement in Dutse on Tuesday.
He said the hunters were engaged from the state’s branch of the Nigerian Hunters Council, so that they can assist the university’s security unit in patrolling the campus especially at night.
Explaining that the hunters’ services are needed because of their vast knowledge of the communities coupled with their ruggedness, but still were given a three-week training by the security division before deploying them to the field.
“When the Chief Security Officer of the University, retired Col. Abubakar Siddique brought the idea, the management bought into it because of the complex security problems facing the country.
“The hunters, FUD security and the Nigerian Police now conduct daily joint patrol of the campus at night and at the same time complementing our security in other areas.
“The VC also said those who display exceptional skills and commitment among them would be rewarded,” the spokesperson said.
According to him, Sabo has called on the members of staff and students of the university to cooperate with its security division.
He further pointed out that the measure will ensure security of lives and property in the university.
Yahaya further stated that, as part of his efforts to ensure the provision of adequate security to lives and property of students, the VC has also banned ”night crawlers” from the university.
He added that ,” While patrolling the campus at night, Sabo impounded tinted vehicles at girls’ hostels, whose owners’ suspicious activities with the female students were against the university’s rules and regulations.
“The VC, who noted that the female students are in the university to study and as their guardian, the management will not allow outsiders to compromise their moral values.
"He added that such female students whose actions are found wanting during the night patrol had been reported to their parents,” he said.
The spokesperson also quoted Sabo as warning that in view of the general insecurity, especially kidnapping, the university will not tolerate tinted cars in daytime and most importantly at night.