Viral video: We have right to demand for drone permit - Lagos Police

Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos Police Command Spokesperson

Benjamin Hundeyin, PPRO, Lagos State

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Lagos State Police Command says the police have the right to demand from individuals drone permit anywhere across the state.

Command’s spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin who was responding to a viral video where police were seeing demanding for drone permit, said they acted within the ambit of the law.

“In response to a now viral video showing two police officers demanding a drone permit from a drone operating individual on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, the Lagos State Police Command wishes to clarify that the police officers acted within the ambit of the law to demand to see a permit.

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“For emphasis, Nigerian aviation laws stipulate that a permit must be obtained from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the operation of drones weighing more than 250 grams anywhere within the country,” he said.

Hundeyin however said the Command totally condemned the unprofessional conduct of the officers in attempting to extort the drone operator as can be seen in the concluding part of the video.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Adegoke Fayoade, mni has, therefore, directed the Commanding Officer of 49 PMF Akodo, from whose squadron the police officers were duly posted to the bridge, to produce the men for appropriate disciplinary actions,” he said.


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