FUTMINNA PARLEYS NIGER POLICE COMMAND ON SECURITY • Makes Case for Divisional Police Station in Gidan Kwano

By Ugboaja, Stanley Uzoamaka
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, has solicited the support of the Niger State Police Command as part of concerted efforts to enhance the protection of lives and property on campus and its environs, .
Prof. Bala made this request on Thursday, March 11, 2021 when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, CP Adamu Usman at the Police Headquarters, Dusten Kura, Minna, Niger State.
Speaking during the visit, the FUT Minna helmsman commended the Police Command for its constant support and prompt response to the security needs of the University, adding that the visit was also necessitated by the recent trends of armed bandits’ attack and kidnap of students on school premises. He disclosed that the University operates from two campuses, with each campus having its own security problems which required urgent attention.
“The Bosso Campus, although ostensibly secured by a perimeter fence, has many places along the fence that have been breached or not properly secured which are used by hoodlums to gain access and perpetrate various criminal acts, including trespassing, especially in students’ hostels, burglaries, robberies, assault and attempted rapes,” he lamented.
Furthermore, the administrative juggernaut stated that students living off-campus at Bosso and Gidan Kwano are often attacked and robbed at night by street urchins within the communities, while noting that these spate of attacks have resulted in a series of grievous injuries to some students and others even leaving the University out of fear.
The don also drew the attention of the Commissioner of Police to the threats posed by some communities who have refused to vacate the university land, as well as herdsmen who are always using the campus for gazing of their animals.
In his words, “Very often, they surreptiously go to the staff quarters in the night looking for water and in the process, vandalize properties and sometimes steal from our staff. This does not bode well for the security of lives and property, especially during this era of kidnapping of school children and frequent communal clashes involving herdsmen,” the VC narrated.
Consequently, Prof. Bala solicited the CP’s support to assist the University undertake a holistic security assessment of both campuses in order to advise what further measures the University needs to take to enhance security of the campuses, to provide plain cloth personnel to monitor areas around the Bosso campus that are notorious spots for attack on students and to improve police patrol coverage of off-campus students’ places of residence.
Others include the possibility of providing an overnight patrol team to cover the vulnerable areas of the Gidan Kwano campus, continuous coordination through the Kpakungu Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and sensitization engagements with the communities occupying the University land, with a view to putting an end to their nuisance and the ultimate objective of vacating the land. Furthermore, the possibility of establishing a Divisional Police Station at Gidan Kwano community in order to adequately tackle emerging security challenges and those that may arise from the imminent relocation of two Schools from the Bosso campus to Gidan Kwano campus, were also raised.
Responding, CP Usman expressed delight over the University’s Management visit to the Command, stating that the parley would enable them to tap knowledge from the University scholars on how to tackle the security challenges in the State.
He noted that the Command has always responded to distress calls from the University during security challenges, especially as its relates to the issue of encroachment of the institution’s land by neighbouring communities, even as he stated that the Command is on top of the situation, adding that it had established that some politicians were behind the problem.
He assured the Vice-Chancellor that the Command would look into all the requests submitted and called for the formation of a joint security committee between the Command and the University to develop a work plan on how to address the various challenges.
In the Vice-Chancellor’s entourage for the visit were Principal Officers and other staff of the University.

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