The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Kayode Egbetokun, has announced that the Nigeria Police Force will soon implement a comprehensive drone system to effectively address the nation’s security challenges.

Egbetokun made this announcement during the inaugural distinguished Personality Lecture, hosted by the TETFUND Centre of Excellence in Multidisciplinary Studies (TCEMS) at the University of Ibadan (UI) on Monday in Ibadan.

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The lecture, reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), was titled “The Nigeria Police Force and the Management of Internal Security.”

Egbetokun explained that while the police force currently has some drones, they are planning to establish an extensive drone network capable of monitoring the entire country from their headquarters in Abuja.

He emphasized that this drone system would enable the police to monitor and apprehend criminals in real time, stating, “The ungoverned spaces will soon become governed.”

Additionally, Egbetokun announced the formation of a Special Intervention Squad (SIS) in every state to combat kidnapping, banditry, and other criminal activities.

He noted that the SIS deployment in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has already led to the arrest of numerous kidnappers and bandits, as well as the recovery of weapons.

The I-G also mentioned that the police have established dedicated anti-kidnapping units across various states, which focus on intelligence gathering and rapid responses to kidnapping incidents.

These units have successfully conducted numerous rescue operations, resulting in the safe return of kidnapped victims and the apprehension of kidnappers.

Egbetokun acknowledged several challenges facing the police force, including a shortage of manpower, inadequate equipment, public distrust and insufficient budgetary provisions as some of the challenges facing the force.

He, however, pledged the force’s commitment to the protection of lives and property of citizens.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of UI, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, commended the I-G for his visionary leadership in managing the nation’s security challenges.

Also, the acting Director of TCEMS, Dr. Benjamin Aluko, said the lecture was organized to elicit constructive discussions that would reshape the country’s security situation.