In his determination to monitor and check criminal activities, particularly along the major highways across Ogun State, the governor of the Gateway State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has disclosed that his administration has acquired security drones.
Abiodun disclosed this while playing host to the new Commissioners if Police, Yomi Oladimeji, who paid a courtesy visit to his office in Abeokuta.
Prince Abiodun said that the state had acquired drones to allow it monitor, particularly, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other major highways so that it could identify threats and respond to them with dispatch.
He said, “CP Oladimeji, you have your job cut out for you. We have in the past had farmer/herders crises, and we are facing issues of cultism that continued to be on the rise, which we find very strange.
“There are issues of kidnapping here and there, but I must thank the men and women of our law enforcement architecture, including the police, the Departments of State Security, DSS, the military, the Civil Defence and other members of our security architecture for the hard work.”
The governor said that Ogun as a state with the highest number of industries and also serving as the education and religious capital of the country, it was expected to have an influx of people with its attendant challenges.
He added that the desire of his administration was to have a crime-free society to attract more investors to the state.
Observing that in spite of numerous challenges facing the country, the state had remained peaceful, Abiodun attributed the feat to the inter-agencies synergy among heads of security agencies in the state.
Governor Abiodun added that the deployment of a water cannon and Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, by the Inspector Generals of Police, IGP, would help in tackling crimes and criminalities in the state.
He described the new CP as a round peg in a round hole, a legal practitioner, vast in the judiciary and security matters.
The governor added that his many years of traversing the nation as a police officer had prepared him for the task ahead.
Earlier, CP Oladimeji explained that his mission in the state was to protect the lives of law-abiding citizens, to enable them to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
He said, “We will be tough on criminals and friendly with law-abiding citizens. I want to assure the governor and the citizens that we will not rest in getting rid of criminals out of Ogun State.
“All we need is the cooperation of the people and assistance from the government.”