Vice-chancellor of the University of Calabar, Florence Obi, has solicited an external security presence to avert insecurity threats on campus.
Ms Obi made the call when police commissioner Aminu Alhassan paid her a courtesy call in her office on Monday.
The VC said the call became necessary following the recent threats to lives and cases of armed robbery recorded in the staff quarters of the institution.
Ms Obi explained that such threats, if not checked, other crimes like kidnapping, cultism, and abuse of drugs, successfully managed over the past few years, would resurface on campus.
According to her, the university still grapples with porous borders and insufficient security personnel to man all vulnerable entry and exit points.
The VC thanked Mr Alhassan for the visit and his interest in the security operations and policing of the institution and solicited more interface between the police command and the institution.
The police commissioner assured the VC of his command’s commitment to strengthening the institution’s security architecture.
He expressed his readiness to strengthen further the existing relationship between the institution and the Nigerian Police.
He noted that the police, in collaboration with the university’s internal security, would intensify security surveillance to ward off criminals.
Mr Alhassan assured the VC that gallant police officers would be deployed to the university to beef up security on campus and its environs.