The Brigade Commander, Brig-Gen Zakari Logun Abubakar, of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, oversaw the deployment of a phantom 5DGI drone for a test survey in specific forests in Ondo and Ekiti States in a bid to curb kidnapping and other crimes.
The high tech drone was launched at Osi Community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State. The community has a huge thick forest, which has been termed the den of kidnappers.
Recall that even the Governor of Ondo State, Akeredolu, experienced firsthand the kidnapping scourge in the state while making a journey on the highway with his convoy.
The drone will assist the anti-kidnapping squad in monitoring movements of kidnappers and other bandits in the area. As such, the military would be able to obtain information in combating these crimes.
According to the elated Brigade commander, Zakari Logun Abubakar, the drone can cover up to a seven kilometer radius [KMR] and can also record while transmitting live feeds/visuals to the military base in Owena Barracks.
"There are thick forests in these states and that is the advantage some of the criminals are using because some of the places you cannot penetrate them easily. So in line with the Chief of army Staff directive to have a responsive Nigeria Army in the discharge of its constitutional role, we decided to use technology in addition to the Anti-kidnapping Squad. We have two of this drone, one for Ondo and the other one for Ekiti State which would easily help us to fight the issue of this kidnapping headlong,” he said.