Determined to confront insurgency headlong, the authorities of the Adamawa State University, ADSU, Mubi, have recruited 80 hunters and vigilante men to beef up security at the university community.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Joshua Shall, who disclosed this to newsmen in Mubi on Thursday, said the authorities of the institution does not want to treat security of its students and staff with kid gloves hence the decision to resort to the hunters and vigilante group to secure the school.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that the university only resumes this week. Shall said that the institution was aware of the complementary role the hunters and vigilante group played adding that they assisted the military to recapture Mubi town after it was overran by insurgents in October 2014. Shall said since the hunters and vigilante group know the environment well, the school authorities felt that to entrust them with the complementary role of securityof lives and property in the institution would be a wise one.
The Vice Chancellor, who said that 95 per cent of the students had resumed for classes, stated that the institution lost 11 staff and three students, while property worth N5 billion were destroyed by the insurgents. “They (insurgents) broke into all offices, staff quarters, hostels, laboratories, stores and looted properties,” he said.
The VC said the school was able to re-open because the intervention funds it received from TETFUND which supported it with N250 million. According to him, TETFUND also approved a substantial amount of money for the institution stressing that the school management was now trying to access the fund, which he said would be deployed to sustain the ongoing rehabilitation work in the university.
While lauding TETFUND for the support, Shall also commended the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, for donating N21 million to assist members of the university community.
Further, he said the university has already compiled the lists of damage incurred by its staff and has also submitted same to the Victim Support Fund, for possible assistance. “We hope that when the distribution of the fund assistance to victims of insurgency commences, staff of the university will also benefit,” Shall said.

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