The Nigeria Police has acquired five high-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve surveillance operations and combat criminal activities in the country.
A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the acquisition was in execution of the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba vision to implement a technology-driven policing.
”The acquisition is the manifestation of the IGP’s determination to integrate the use of innovative technology in the law enforcement duties of the Nigeria Police Force and enhance its intelligence gathering and operational capabilities
”The drones will assist the Police in monitoring active crime scenes, coordinating response operations, and providing aerial support to responding officers.
Flowerbudnews reports that the UAVs include an ALTI Transition, capable of covering up to 150km in a single flight with high endurance of up to 14 hours, and an Elistair Orion fixed-wing aircraft, capable of covering up to 92m altitude with high endurance of up to 50 hours and other sensitive and forensic-based features.
Adejobi said the UAVs will be remotely operated by police pilots from the Police Airwing who have undergone specialized training from Engineers of the Elistair company, who were flown in from France at the instance of the IGP, for a week-long training schedule
He added that the officers had acquired technical skills and requisite know-how in the operation and maintenance of the procured UAVs.
Adejobi said the IGP had directed the ”immediate, adequate, and strategic deployment of these drones to areas prone to high-security breaches, for monitoring and intelligence gathering to tackle criminality headlong”.
The Inspector-General of Police reiterated the determination of the Police leadership to continue to explore avenues to enhance police intelligence-gathering capabilities and engage the application of cutting-edge technology in the fight against crime and criminality.
According to Adejobi, the IG also sought cooperation from members of the public on intelligence gathering and vigilance.(Flowerbudnews)