AN OVERVIEW OF THE SECURITY UNIT, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
The Security Unit is part of the Vice Chancellor’s office. It has undergone far-reaching re-organization with a view to improving the general security of lives and property on the university campus. The day-to-day administration of the unit is vested on a Chief Security Officer who is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SECURITY UNIT
The Security Unit of University of Lagos started as Watch Night under the registry with Mr. Oladipo as the first Security Officer while Mr. Abioye (late) was his assistant. In 1976, the Unit was reorganized by Mr. Ojeme (ASP) who was seconded to the University Security Unit from Nigeria Police Force. He resumed duty as the first Chief Security Officer on 7th of October, 1976, and left the post in 1978. He changed the status of WATCH NIGHT to Patrolman.
In 1978, Mr. E.O. Abioye succeeded ASP Ojeme as the Acting Chief Security Officer and left in 1981. Mr. A. Awofodu took over the command as Acting Chief Security Officer from June 1981 to December 1,1982. Mr. S.O. Esan (late) took over the command as Chief Security Officer on 1st of December, 1982 and left in 1985. It is worthy of note that the transfer of the Security Unit from the Registrar’s office to Vice Chancellor’s office was effected under the leadership of Mr. S.O. Esan in 1984. Mr. S.O. Esan later left in 1985. The mantle of leadership of the Unit fell on Mr. Oluokun as Chief Executive Officer between 1985 and 1992.
Mr. R.O. Akinyemi took over the command of the leadership of the Unit in acting capacity between 1992 and 1993. Mr. J.O. Akinyemi took over the command as the Chief Security Officer between 1993 and 1996. Mr. R.O. Akinyemi was re-appointed as the Head in Acting capacity from 1996 to 1998.
Mr. A.O. Fadipe (DCP,retired) took over the control of command of the Unit as the Chief Security Officer from 1998 to 2000. In year 2001, there was interception of Mr A.O.A. Fadipe’s administration by then Vice-Chancellor,the late Professor Jelili Adebisi Omotola who brought Dr. B.A. Oghojafor as Operations Manager and Head of the Unit. Mr. A.O.A. Fadipe was later called back in the last quarter of the year 2001 to complete his tenure of five years as the Chief Security Officer which terminated in December, 2003. Mr. Dipo Akowonjo took control of the command from November 2003 as Deputy Chief Security Officer (DCSO) to October, 2008 when his administration was terminated by Professor Tolu Odugbemi, the then Vice Chancellor who brought in Mr. M.B. Ifenaike. Mr Ifenaike was relieved of his duty as Acting CSO by the University Management and replaced by Mr. A.O. Phillips as Acting Head on October 4, 2010. Lt. Col. E.O. Ladoye (Retired) became the Chief Security Officer on 4th July, 2011.
The Security Unit has undergone a lot of changes since inception due to environmental dynamics in order to cope with the societal security and safety demands of the University, as a result of increase in students’ involvement in cult activities.
The Security Committee meets on a regular basis to make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor on security and safety issues in the University.
To provide excellent security and safety of live and property in the University community and to all stakeholders.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management Services) is the Chairman of the University Security Council and general overseer of security matters.
CSO SHEDULE OF DUTIES - The Chief Security Officer reports to the Vice-Chancellor through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services) and is responsible for the underlisted:
a. Identify and quantify security threats and vulnerabilities; formulating security measures to provide sound security standards and procedures to counter the threats in the campus.
b. Formulate loss prevention programs and direct investigation of criminal and other security-related incidents.
c. Devcelop emergency response plans and direct/coordinate the activities of other security team members.
d. Establish and maintain close liaison at inter-faculty and departmental levels between security and other departments on security matters, and liaise with external law enforcement and security agencies.
e. Advise and guide students and staff on security awareness, policy, procedure and practice.
f. Supervise the performance or behavior of third party security service providers and ensure that security services are provided to meet the University expectations within budget limits.
g. Initiate security surveys and security policy and procedure reviews, as well as technological upgrades to ensure best practices.
h. Plan for and manage the security of event organized by the University.
i. Direct/Coordinate escort duties for transit/visiting top management and teaching staff.
j. Ensure effective guarding and protection of lives and property at all the university locations.
k. Supervise the Fire department, coordinate fire risk assessment, prevention, and fire fighting on the campus.
l. Plan the application and enforcement and of traffic rules and regulations on the campus.
The crime section of the Security unit is assigned to oversee the general responsibility for crime committed and also to give advice on measures as regard to security situation on campus. Crime section also deals with criminal matters and other minor offences which can be settled amicably.
Aside from the above, the crime section also carry out other functions such as:
-Prevention of crime through rapid response to distress calls
- Making of entry in the crime diary
- Crime scene investigation (CSI)
- Keeping exhibit for record purpose
- Periodic crime report writing/analysis
-Observing cases in court on behalf of the University
- Transfer of cases to Sabo Police Station and other law enforcement Agencies e.g. SSS, NDLEA, e.t.c.
-Occasionally as undercover agents in order to arrest offenders
The Training Wing of the Security Unit is charged with the responsibility of training and
re-training of its members in order to enhance their performances.
The unit offers three categories of training:
a. Local training (Within the University).
b. National training (Within the country)
c. International training (outside the country)
The local training is always organized as soon as new intakes are recruited. This is
simply called induction training. It is mostly of two weeks duration.
National Training Mr. J.A. Akinyemi who was the Chief Security Officer between 1993 and
1996 was able to convince the authority of the need to send security personnel for police
training. Two batches of security personnel were sent to Nigeria Police College. Ikeja,
Lagos for training in 1994 and 1995 respectively.
International training so far, only Mr. Oluokun who served as Chief Executive Officer
between 1985 and 1992 was sent to United States of America on International Training.
The year 2012 also witnessed training of 35 staff by the State Security Services and 31
by the Nigerian Army Intelligence School respectively.
The Traffic Control Section of the unit is charged with the responsibility of making sure
that there is easy flow of traffic at all times on campus. The section makes sure that
vehicles are not abandoned anywhere on campus or parked at unauthorized locations
and areas. Learner drivers are not permited on campus. The traffic officer and his team
make sure that violators of the above mentioned rules are not spared of the appropriate
The task force section makes sure that the campus is not littered with bills. It is the
responsibility of the task force to ensure that only authorized banners by General
Administration Department (GAD) are permitted on campus . Illegal traders and business
men/women are not allowed to operate on campus. Offenders of any of these rules are
SPECIAL DUTY OFFICER
The responsibility of organizing and providing adequate security coverage during any
event on campus where the services of the security unit is requested, is vested on the
special duty officer. Such events are Matriculation, Convocation, Council Meeting,
Inaugural lectures, Examinations, Elections, Parties etc. He also liaise with the police
and draw their attention to events that required additional security measure.
CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE
Surveilance/Intelligence section is made up of young men drawn from security unit with
proficiency and high level of intelligence capable of gathering the essential information on
wide range of activities involving all spheres of the society e.g. staff, students and the
entire members of the campus community. These activities include criminality, cultism,
students unionism, terrorism within the campus, detection of fraud e.t.c.
The section is non partisan and straight forward in service delivery. The members at the
surveillance team are known in the security circle as undercover agents. They are coded
in Eagles for operative and the head of the surveillance team is called the ‘Master Eagle’.
They are involved in operations to gather concise and up-to-date information which could
be promptly disseminated either verbally or via report writing to the University
Management. Another function of the team is to update the management to formulate
favourable policies. Other functions of the team are, nipping in the bud of fraudulent,
nefarious and surreptitious activities which may involve staff and students sharp practices
for the management to take action.
It is the centre of all channels of information gathering and distribution A controller is an
officer that is always on duty to call all the base stations in order to ascertain the
general security situation on campus. The control system is the live wire of the Security
Unit and the university because of the vital role it plays in terms of prompt messages
delivery that could curb security lapses on campus.
The mission of the Security Unit is to support the University by proactively handling
threats to lives and property on the campus in order to create an environment where
effective teaching, learning, research and community work can take place. Profoundly, it
is to help sustain University of Lagos as a university of first choice and the pride of the
Measures suggested in the current estimation in achieving the university’s mission,
includes having a reorganized but effective structure (organogram), training, retraining,
and reorientation of the security personnel, staff audit and recruitment of the right,
capable young, energetic people, procurement of additional equipment, uniforms etc.
curtailing identified crimes, improving the level of discipline among the security staff, and
religiously addressing the welfare challenges in the Unit.