Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, on Wednesday said efforts are being made by his administration to flush out kidnappers, cultists and land grabbers.
Consequently, the state government has concluded arrangements to launch its surveillance drones, to be performed by the acting inspector-general of police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun.
Governor Abiodun spoke when he received the assistant inspector-general of police (AIG), Zone 2, comprising Ogun and Lagos States, Ari Mohammed Ali, who paid him a courtesy call in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Prince Abiodun noted that kidnapping, cultism and land grabbing are serious security challenges facing the government that must be tackled headlong.
He said: “Very soon, we will be inviting the inspector-general police to our state because we want to launch our surveillance drones. We believe that with the use of drones, we will be able to reduce the number of blind spots that we have in the state because as of now, there is no way, even if we deplore the entire police in Ogun State, we can not cover all the blind spots in the state.
“When we deplore these drones, particularly, along the known occurrences, it will allow men of the command to respond to distress calls as soon as they identify where the crime has been committed.
“Also, I would like to plead with you for some of your men to assist us in this anti-cultism fight. We are prepared to provide them with the required logistics as the former CP will be overseeing the different units of Anti-cultism, kidnapping, and Quick Response Squad.”
The governor, who solicited the cooperation of the AIG in breaking the backbone of land grabbing, said, when arrested, the culprits prefer being taken to Zone 2 to avoid being prosecuted.
Earlier, AIG Ali, said he came to familiarise himself with the state, said that his zone was ready to take the fight to all land grabbers, kidnappers and cultists disrupting the peace of the state.