The Nigeria police have acquired five additional high powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) in its continuous quest to improve the security of lives and property in country.
This was contained in a statement by the Force Spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Wednesday.
According to the Inspector-General of police, Usman Alkali Baba, this new technology will help to improve surveillance operations to checkmate criminal activities in the country in line with his vision and mission statement, which includes technology – driven policing.
“The drones will assist the Police in monitoring active crime scenes, coordinating response operations, and providing aerial support to responding officers.
“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.
“These 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, and have acquired technical skills and requisite know-how in the operation and maintenance of the procured UAVs,” the statement partly read.
However, IGP reiterated the firm 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.
Alkali Baba further directed the immediate deployment of these new equipments to areas prone to high security breaches in the country.