23 July 2024

Ekiti to spend N550m on drones to fight kidnapping, banditry


Ekiti State Government has said efforts were on to procure sophisticated drones and unmanned aerial vehicles as part of its efforts to boost surveillance, expose criminal hideouts and combat insecurity in the state.

Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Femi Ajayi, disclosed this at the weekend during the breakdown of the 2021 appropriation law with a budgetary provision of N109.666 billion.

He stated the government projected N550 million to purchase the drones as part of plans to tackle rising cases of armed robbery, banditry and kidnapping in the state and ensure that lives and properties of residents are safe.

Ajayi added that N1.4 billion has been set aside to fund the Ekiti State Security Network codenamed ‘Amotekun Corps’ in 2021 fiscal year for the security outfit to live up to its responsibility.

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