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Insecurity: Nigeria needs more satellites to monitor bandits, says NASRDA

THE National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) says the country requires more satellites and other facilities to monitor bandits and other criminal elements operating in the country.

Director-General, Halilu Shaba, disclosed this to journalists yesterday after an interactive meeting with the staff of the agency in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Shaba said the bandits have become sophisticated in their operations and waves received by the agency from remote areas shows the bandits 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 some two satellites are doing two different things.

“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.

Shaba, therefore, 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 the criminal elements. 

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