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Over the weekend, the Nigerian Army unveiled the new Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) it had acquired to combat kidnapping in Ondo & Ekiti states. The headlines alone would have been comforting until the military released pictures and video footage of the UAVs. BANTER MATERIAL!!!

While the military has not released the exact specifications of the UAVs, we can see it for what it is. A quadcopter typically used in Nigeria for entertainment and pleasure or as equipment used by event photographers/videographers and movie makers. Similar equipment have a 20 minute long battery life, a 3 mile radius – at the most and cost less than £200 (I’m being generous here). I’m sure my friend Editi Effiong has much better equipment.

Like someone on Twitter said, the UAV purchased and displayed by the military can be shot out of the sky with a catapult. We need to get serious, purchase better equipment and protect Nigerian lives and property. Not this drone that the kidnappers can kidnap as well.

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