Boko Haram: Nigerian university hires local hunters to protect students, staff

In a renewed effort to protect students and staff from Boko Harm attacks, the authorities of Adamawa State University, Mubi, have secured the services of local hunters.

Mubi is one of the towns recently recaptured from the insurgents, while the university was a major target of the insurgents.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the university, hunters and members of the local vigilante were seen patrolling around the institution.

Confirming the deployment, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, David Joshua, said over 80 hunters were hired to stall Boko Haram attacks.

“Hunters played important complementary role to the military in redeeming Mubi after it was captured by Boko Haram militants in October last year,” the don said.

“You know during the Boko Haram attack, the university suffered substantial damage, its hostels, laboratories and offices were looted by the insurgents. In addition to that, 11 members of the university staff and three students were killed during the attacks.

“So we have to take proactive measures, including the service of the local vigilantes,” he said.

After capturing Mubi in October from fleeing soldiers, Boko Haram renamed it ‘Madinatul Islam’ and destroyed property reportedly worth N5 billion in the historic town.

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PREMIUM TIMES learnt that over 95 per cent of students in the school have since resumed. The university also got grants to resume its activities with TETFUND giving it N250 million while the Academic Staff Union of Universities donated N21 million to its members in the university.

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