The Nigerian Army has launched security operations on some major highways in Ekiti State, to curb the rising spate of killings, kidnappings and other crimes.
The ‘operation-stop- and-search,” which began on Wednesday, led to the presence of soldiers on the norotious Ado-Ekiti-Itawure Road, Aramoko –Igede-Road, Ikere-Ekiti-Ise Road and Ado-Ekiti-Akure Road.
They stopped motorists moving into the state and conducted routine check of the occupants, while motorcyclists were made to dismount and push their motorcycles for as long as 35 metres before being allowed to take off.
Ekiti has, in recent times, been hit by waves of kidnappings, killings and robbery.
The Secretary-General of Christ’s School Alumni Association, Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Rufus Oladele, was kidnapped on the Aramoko-Efon Road and taken to unknown destination by gunmen, before his release four days later.
On the same day and at the same spot, a set of twins identified as Kehinde and Taiwo Olowoafara were abducted by gunmen, who requested N6million ransom for each of their victims.
Also recently, Felix Akinde, a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), was kidnapped by gunmen at Ita Ogbolu on the Akure-Ado Ekiti Road.
Akinde, who spent eight days in captivity, was later released after an undisclosed amount was paid to his abductors.