In a bid to bolster security measures across Ekiti State, military personnel dispatched by the Nigerian Army headquarters arrived in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Thursday.
The deployment, highlighted in a video shared on the state government’s Facebook page, underscores a concerted effort to address rising security concerns in the region.
Commander John Larr of the 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure, speaking from the Fajuyi Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti, emphasized the comprehensive nature of the operation. He pledged an exhaustive combing of Ekiti’s terrain, leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of criminals and bandits.
“We will leave no hiding place for any bandits or criminals,” asserted Commander Larr. “Our operations will extend to every nook and cranny of Ekiti State, without limitation of boundaries or time constraints. This mission begins now.”
Brig-Gen. Ebenezer Ogundana, the State Governor’s Special Adviser on Security, echoed the commitment to restoring peace and security. He reassured residents that the operation would reclaim safety in the forests, allowing farmers to resume their activities without fear.
The urgency of the deployment follows recent violent incidents in the state. On January 30, suspected kidnappers targeted two traditional rulers, resulting in the tragic deaths of David Ogunsakin, the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti, and Olatunde Olusola, the Onimojo of Omojola-Ekiti.
Additionally, the same day witnessed the abduction of six pupils, three teachers, and a driver from the Apostolic Faith School. The incident occurred as the school bus traveled from Emure to Eporo-Ekiti, highlighting the vulnerability of civilians to such brazen acts of violence.
The arrival of military forces signifies a determined response to these challenges, with authorities committed to restoring peace and security throughout Ekiti State.