The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, yesterday said the Force had acquired three high-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for improved armed surveillance operations to checkmate criminal activities in the country.
He ordered total clampdown on non-state actors and criminals in Nigeria.
He said the drones would assist in monitoring active crime scenes, coordinating response operations and providing armed aerial support to officers on reconnaissance operations.
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Baba, according to a statement by the Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, warned criminals, saying the environment would not be conducive for them.
He noted that the newly acquired UAVs are rotary wing aircrafts 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 police air wing had concluded trainings for the operators of the drones in partnership with foreign experts who had been consulted for trainings and maintenance of the drones.
Adejobi added, “The IGP has directed the immediate, and strategic deployment of these drones based on necessity, while noting that three more UAVs of the same specifications are still expected at the shortest possible time.