Strong indications emerged yesterday that the Ekiti State Government has finally procured a drone to monitor areas regarded as hot spots, where bandits use for kidnapping.

The government said the hardware security equipment was procured abroad, and would soon be imported into the country.

The revelation was made yesterday in Ado Ekiti at a press conference addressed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Biodun Oyebanji, and the state Commissioner for Information, Hon. Akin Omole, heralding the third year of the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s administration and the 25th anniversary of the creation of the state.

Speaking about the security situation in the state, Oyebanji said: “The drone has been procured. One issue about security equipment’s procurement is that it takes long time. It has to be manufactured and you have to get the necessary certificates from the federal agencies, and these are processes you can’t abridge.

“The drone is on its way to Nigeria. It had been procured. We didn’t stop at that, the governor also procured two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), and will get to Ekiti State soon. We are taking massive safe-city measures across the borders and highways to make the state safe.”

Oyebanji added that personalities regarded as the real architects of the creation of the state and its builders would be conferred with honours by the governor to mark the 25th anniversary of the state creation.

On the widespread belief that Ekiti State has not fared well in the last 25 years, the SSG disproved the notion that Ekiti has failed, saying: “We may not have been where we are supposed to be, but we had left where we were 25 years ago. We have not failed as a state. All former and present leaders have contributed their quotas to the state development.”