NIGERIA. Abuja: The Nigeria Police Force, led by Inspector General (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, has acquired five Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to bolster the force’s efforts to combat instability and other criminal activities in the country.
The Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made an announcement in Abuja. According to the statement, the goal of obtaining a high-powered vehicle is to improve security by keeping a close eye on criminal activity in the country.
Adejobi went on to say that the force is motivated by the IGP’s purpose and vision of adopting a technology-driven policy of crime reduction in the country.
“The purchase of the UAV is to further strengthen and upgrade the activities of the force by inculcating new technology into the Nigeria Police Force and to wholeheartedly upgrade intelligence gathering,” Adejobi said.
The drones will assist the Police in monitoring active crime scenes, coordinating response operations, and providing aerial support to responding officers.
The UAVs can cover up to 150 kilometres in a single flight and have a very high endurance of roughly 14 hours, while the Alistair Orion fixed-wing aircraft can cover up to 92 kilometres in a single flight and have a very high endurance of up to 50 hours, as well as other forensic capabilities.
“The UAVs will be handled by the intelligent section of the Police pilots in Police Airwing who have been trained,” Adejobi noted.
Meanwhile, Adejobi stated that the IGP has directed the police to swiftly and correctly strategize the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to high-security areas to aid in crime prevention.
As a result, the IGP urged the force to investigate all options for reorganizing police intelligence collection through the use of technology and other innovations to combat crime and criminality in society.
He also stated that the general population should constantly work with the police to establish a crime-free society.