The Nigerian Army has employed the use of advance technology in the fight against banditry and kidnapping in Ondo and Ekiti areas of the country as the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army (NA) Owena Barracks, Akure, has begun the deployment of drones in the areas.
The Brigade Commander, Brig-Gen Zakari Logun Abubakar, made this known on Saturday during the launching of a high tech drone device in the Osi community in Akure North local government area of Ondo State.
The drone, a Phantom 5DGI, procured by the Army would assist the military formation of the Anti-kidnapping squad to identify the movement and activities of suspected bandits, kidnappers and other criminals in the area.
Abubakar said the device was the latest in aerial surveillance and was capable of covering up to seven kilometer radius with capabilities of recording and transmitting report back to the base.
“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 explained.