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Insecurity: Ekiti, Ogun move to acquire drone, CCTV


As part of its efforts to combat insecurity, the Ekiti State Government has said it plans to acquire a sophisticated drone to complement the one it currently has. Similarly, the Ogun State

Government says it is considering deploying closed-circuit television in some critical areas in the state.

The Special Adviser on Security Matters to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Brig.-Gen. Ebenezer Ogundana (retd), said government had begun negotiations with a vendor for the purchase of a more sensitive drone to meet the security needs of the state, especially with the peculiar nature of its environment.

He stated, “The one we have now is not meeting our demands. It is limited in the sense that our environment here has thick forests. Once people (criminals) are operating in the forest, it will not be able to penetrate to get good pictures. It cannot meet the pressure, so we are negotiating for a powerful one that we can use effectively.

“We are already negotiating with a vendor. We have got the specification of the one that can meet our demands, day and night. We are still negotiating with the vendor. What we need is a drone that will show people carrying arms, not pictures of farmers cultivating their farms or palm wine tappers.

“With the present one, we get images, but they may not be identifiable. The one we are looking for now is the one that can give the complete picture; real-time report.”

The security adviser, who said the new drone would be acquired soon in view of the urgency and the necessary things, including licensing and the licensed person to fly it addressed with dispatch, added, “We will be using the two simultaneously.”

We’ve dropped drones for CCTV – Ogun govt

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan, said the state government had planned to buy drones but that it had to shelve the plan because of the cost.

Hazzan added, “We didn’t acquire any drone. Though there was a proposal to acquire a drone, when we looked at the cost of acquisition plus other costs, (we concluded that) it might not be reasonable spending, when you add it to government’s overhead.”

He said the government explored the option of reaching out to drone owners to deploy their drones to help the state but that after evaluating the proposals received, the cost remained high.

“The decision as of now is we would rather deploy CCTV cameras to critical areas, and even that is still at the evaluation stage. The final decision has not been reached. The conclusion of the matter is that Ogun State has yet to acquire any drone and at this stage, we have dropped the idea. We are (discussing) the idea of CCTV, which is also at the evaluation stage,” he said.

When asked how the activities of kidnappers could be checked without drones, Hazzan said those were part of the core functions of Amotekun, which he said would be launched anytime soon, “because we noticed they have a soft spot for forested areas which are largely not policed.”

“Security is an evolving thing. As challenges come up, solutions will be proffered and as of today, we are looking at the CCTV option,” he added.

Ondo’s drone used to tackle insecurity –Dojumo

In Ondo State, the government said it had procured a drone to tackle insecurity in the state.

The Special Adviser to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, told one of our correspondents that the drone had been helping the government to fight criminality in the state. He, however, did not state how it was being used, for security reasons.

Dojumo said, “We procured one drone and it has been assisting us in our fight against insecurity.”

In Oyo State, the Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, Mr Fatai Owoseni, argued that drones were not being used to fight insecurity.

Owoseni, a retired Commissioner of Police, told one of our correspondents, “It is not drones they use in fighting insecurity. Where they have drones, have they curbed their insecurity? In advanced countries, the United States and others that have plenty of drones, have they been able to stop the problem of terrorism?”

Amotekun plans intelligence gathering

Meanwhile, the Field Commander of Amotekun Corps in Osun State, Amitolu Shittu, said intelligence gathering would play a key role in preventing attacks on the operatives.

He called on the people to always volunteer information that could prevent attacks, adding that Amotekun operatives would always be ahead of those planning crimes as long as the people keep supporting the initiative.

Also, the Chairman, Oyo State Security Network, Amotekun, General Ajibola Toogun (retd.), said the corps would rely heavily on intelligence gathering and the use of technology for effectiveness.

Toogun, who was the Defence Adviser in the Nigerian Embassy, Cotonou in 1979, a Brigade Commander and former Director of Military Intelligence during the military era, stressed the need to be tactical and technologically savvy to effectively cover the vast forests, borderlines, roads, towns and villages.

Bibiyobra: Sunday, 3 January 2021 at 1/03/2021 09:52:00 pm


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