9th November, 2022
The Nigeria Police has acquired and deployed three high-powered Asisguard Songar armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for improved armed surveillance operations to checkmate criminal activities across the country.
Spokesperson for Nigeria Police Force, Muyiwa Adejobi announced the acquisition and deployment of the armed drones in a statement on Wednesday.
According to him, the three newly acquired UAVs are rotary wing air crafts capable of flying up to an altitude of 1000ft with high operational endurance and capacity of firing at acquired threats and targets from reasonable distances.
He said the acquisition of the high-powered UAVs was also a further manifestation of the determination of IGP Usman Alkali Baba to integrate the use of innovative technology in the law enforcement duties of the Nigeria Police Force.
According to Adejobi, the IGP has directed the immediate, and strategic deployment of the new drones based on necessity.
He added that three more UAVs of the same specifications are still expected at the shortest possible time.
“The newly acquired drones will surely assist the Police in monitoring active crime scenes, coordinating response operations, and providing armed aerial support to officers on reconnaissance operations,” Adejobi said.
Adejobi added that the Police Airwing has concluded trainings for the operators of the drones in partnership with foreign experts who have been consulted for trainings and maintenance of the drones.
“The IGP while reiterating the constant deployment and judicious use of the drones, ordered total clamp down on non state actors and criminals in Nigeria, and similarly warned criminal elements across the country to steer clear and turn a new leaf else the environment would not be conducive for them, and they may meet their Waterloo soonest.
“The Inspector-General of Police has further re-emphasized the firm determination of his administration to continue to explore the use of technology in the fight against crime and criminality while seeking full cooperation from members of the public on intelligence gathering and vigilance,” he concluded.
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