Halilu Shaba, the newly appointed Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), has said the Nigeria does not have sufficient satellite and other facilities to monitor bandits and other criminal elements.
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Shaba disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday after an interactive meeting with staff of the agency in Abuja.
The NASRDA DG said bandits have become sophisticated in their operations and waves received by the agency from remote areas shows that they no longer use Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) phones but walkie-talkie.
“The Satellite is not static where the insurgency is taking place. That is why one satellite is not adequate. What Nigeria has there are some two satellites doing two different things.
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“We have a High-Resolution imaging satellite and Medium Resolution imaging satellite. The activities of the bandits could be when the satellite was away from Nigerian borders, so that is why we are advocating for more satellites for Nigeria,” he said.
He called for collaboration between the agency and security agencies in the country in the area of information sharing, especially when planning to launch attacks on criminal elements.