Nigeria to deploy drones to address security challenges

Timothy Choji, Abuja

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES TRADITIONAL RULERS FROM SOUTHWEST 5. R-L;SGF Mr Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Onni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, Akarigbo of Ijebu Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Olu of Ilaro Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, representative of Ajuwale and others Southwest Traditional Rulers during a courtesy visit at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JULY 31 2019

Security agencies in Nigeria are to deploy the use of technology in addressing the security challenges in the South-West zone of the country.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi revealed this to journalists on Wednesday, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Oba, who was in the State House in company of his counterparts from the South West of the country, said the monarchs were happy with the kind of attention they were getting from the government on security matters.

He said: “The President will fast track very rapid monitoring of our forests by virtue using the technology of modern standard, the drones. The various security agencies will rally round the Inspector General of Police and see how it can be properly deployed. 

“Another thing is that they will install CCTV along our highways, the Inspector General of Police said they are very aggressive about clearing our highways now. We believe that with all these there will be reduction in the tension in the Southwest because the Southwest is very sensitive in Nigeria.

“We don’t pray for crisis or war or uprising because it will snowball into a lot of things, that is why we are all represented from the six states that make up Southwestern Nigeria. We thank God that Mr.  President is listening and so far so good, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”

He went further to disclose that the Nigeria Police Force would soon begin a recruitment process for community policing across the country.

He said community policing would serve as a panacea for the security challenges being faced in the country.

“We met with the number one citizen of the country, he has listened to every of the issues we have been having in the South-West and they proffered solutions. Today the Inspector General of Police was present and the entire security architecture will be restructured, we are very happy about that. 

“We were also told about community policing so the policemen will be recruited from the community, those that were born there, brought up there and they won’t be able to move them around. So we can use that strategy to avert a lot of tension going around the south west in particular now. We were able to achieve that milestone.

“So, what government is doing now is a different ball game entirely in Nigeria, it’s never been done before. So we should all work, cooperate with the government and see how they will implement them,

“Because, the problem has been if you take police officers to the north, within six months they will shift them to another place in the south. They are not domiciled there and so any time they get there, they depend on the vigilantes, community heads, the Mogagis, the Baales, and all the districts heads, so why can’t you give the jobs to the families of the Mogagis, the Baales, and all the districts heads? “So, it is a different rejigging and I can assure you the government is very serious now,” he said.

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The Ooni pledged the continued support of traditional rulers in the area of fighting criminals in all parts of the country.

On the call for the Fulanis to leave Southwest, the Ooni said the call was because of the tension but said that will no longer happen.

He however said the bad ones or those identified with perpetuating violence would be banished form the zone.

The Orlu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli Emiko was also the President’s guest on Wednesday.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the closed door meeting, he sought for a quick response to the security challenges the nation is facing.

He said: “We advised him that the security situation in the country now is too tensed, that he should do everything to address that, especially on the Benin-Ore express road. The riverine areas are peaceful now and we thanked him for that.”

 He called on government to create more jobs to positively engage the youth as a way of preventing them from being used to cause mayhem.

“The government should create jobs for our youths and each time I have the opportunity of meeting the President or the Vice President, I have always appealed that the two Ports in my kingdom. Warri Port and Oku Port, are both there underutilised while Lagos Port is over stretched. So they should reactivate the ports and get our youths engaged because if those ports were working, there will be no criminality in the Niger Delta area,” he said.