Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun said on Tuesday that more than 30 patrol teams have been formed between Oyo and Ogun to tackle kidnapping issues along the Lagos-Ibadan highway.
Abiodun also revealed that drones would be deployed to cover the road, explaining that the drones would help security officers monitor and view activities in the area.
He said the gesture was to neutralize kidnappers kidnapping people on the Lagos-Ibadan Highway, particularly on the Ogun section of the country’s busiest highway.
He added that the two state governments have gone ahead and cleared both sides of the road.
Abiodun said this on Tuesday, during a meeting with the management of an Abuja-based newspaper at his office.
He revealed that the state, along with its counterpart Oyo State, has set up a joint security team to tighten security along the expressway.
He said: “We set up a joint security team with the Oyo State government because we found that most of these incidents are right on the border between us and Oyo State, they take advantage of that area as a blind spot.
“As we speak today, I believe, there are no less than thirty patrol teams in that corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan highway. These teams are made up of soldiers, police officers, DSS operatives, Civil Defense men, and security guards.
“The last thing we want is for people to travel in fear of being kidnapped and nothing can be more dire as we head into the holiday season.
“We also go ahead and clear both sides of the road, because of that element of surprise that they introduce when they jump out of the bushes and then hijack and run, so we’ve approached our contractors to clear 50 meters on each side so it’s convenient for them. difficult to use the bushes to hide.
“We are going beyond the deployment of security teams, we are deploying drones to cover that path. These drones will allow us to see exactly what is happening there even before it happens.”