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June 11, 2024

Insecurity: Makurdi Varsity to train, equip 400 special security personnel

Insecurity: Makurdi Varsity to train, equip 400 special security personnel

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

The management of the Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, JoSTUM, formally known as the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, has commenced the process of recruiting and training 400 Special Security personnel to assist conventional security personnel maintain security of lives and property in the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of the University,  Prof. Isaac Itodo who made this known while speaking to newsmen in Makurdi said the move became necessary given the recent unexpected security breaches recorded within the institution and its neighbourhood.

The Vice Chancellor who recalled some of the security incidents pointed out the invasion of the female hostel of the institution by criminals where cellphones of students and the porteress were snatched though no one was hurt, as an act that would not be allowed to repeat itself in the institution.

He said since the incident “we now have a Joint Army, Police, Department of State Services, DSS, personnel patrol on campus on a daily basis both day and night.”

Prof. Itodo also recalled the kidnap of four persons including a 100 level Biology Education students of the university along the major road leading to the institution as well as the invasion of neighbouring Antsah community by suspected armed herdsmen men as a wake up call on the institution to put strict measures in place to safeguard the university.

He said, “what this tells us is that we have to up our game. Already, we have a police post by the gate. We have renovated the place, equipped it with all that the police would need so we have a standing squad of some police men at the post.

“We needed brand new motorcycles and we bought five motorbikes, one new Hilux vehicle to facilitate patrol and quick response on time.

“We are also kitting our security men because I do not think they are anything what a security man should be. They have very poor training and poor organization. So the DSS will have them trained. We want to train and kit about 400 of them.

“We are also getting them walkie-talkies  and we will deploy e-security by making use of drones for day and night surveillance among others to ensure tight security in the university. So we are not sleeping at all. It is really tough but we are doing all we can to put measures in place so that we do not become an easy target.”