Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has urged the Federal Government to provide drones for the military to enhance the fight against criminal activities in the state.
Fayemi, who praised the efforts of the military to end insurgency in the North-East, also called for more support for the forces to enable them to overcome other security challenges facing the country.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi, said this in Ado Ekiti while receiving the General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Maj Gen Anthony Omozeje.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, said on Monday Omozeje was on an official visit to the state.
Ogunmola said, “The governor, who wanted the military in the state to prioritise the safety of life and property of Ekiti people, said he was expecting the Federal Government to give drones to the forces in the state to enable them to fish out miscreants.”
Fayemi assured the military chief that the state government would continue to support the army.
He said, “We appreciate your efforts and we know what you are doing in the country as a whole, this is not an easy time for soldiers in the country. We are all humans, we know what you are going through and we really appreciate.
“I know you are everywhere in the country, the work you are doing in the far North is courageous, we need to thank all the soldiers that are involved. Your boss, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, is always in the picture of all things, I salute his courage.”
Omozoje lauded the state government for supporting the army, assuring Fayemi that the military would work with his administration to ensure the protection of life and property.
The GOC called for the state government to support the army “in creating an environment devoid of fear, threat or danger for the people.”
Omozeje said, “I am also here to see how my men are doing, what challenges they are facing and what we could do to make them perform better.”