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Latest Military Technologies Recommended to Thwart Nigeria's Violent Security Challenge

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Nigeria It is currently plagued with various criminal activities by terrorists, hitmen, kidnappers and cultists. Attacks once common in the north of the country are slowly creeping into the south, and organizations and government structures seem powerless to contain them.

Kidnappings for ransom surge, terrorists loot helpless villagers in coordinated attacks, leaving many in mourning. Over the past few years, attacks and kidnappings have been documented in Nigeria, with victims paying huge ransoms in naira and foreign currency.

In 2009, the terrorist group Boko Haram and soldiers clashed, resulting in heavy casualties between 26 and 29 July 2009. The attacks took place in four different locations: Bauchi, Bauchi State, Maiduguri, Borno State, Potiskum, Yobe State and Udir. , Kano State. The clash was thought to mark the beginning of violent attacks by militants in Nigeria.

Over the past few years, the country has been plagued by mindless bloodshed carried out by rebels and strangely “unidentified gunmen.” Many villagers became homeless, requiring emergency IDP camps.

Recently, on March 28, 2022, a Nigerian Railways train from Abuja to Kaduna State was attacked in Katari, Kaduna State, kidnapping 168 passengers and killing 8 passengers during the joint attack. The kidnappers used explosives. After the attack, the kidnappers release the hostages en masse upon payment of the ransom.

Similarly, on May 26, 2022, gunmen killed a pregnant woman, Harira Jibrin, and her four children in Islo, Orumba North district governorate, Anambra state. The attack also claimed the lives of six of her others.

On June 5, a shooting and bombing occurred at a Catholic church in Owo, Ondo. The incident claimed the lives of more than 40 of his admirers, including children and women.

On July 5, 2022, the Central Security Detention Center in Kuje, Abuja was attacked and prisoners were released.

The militant group Islamic State of West Africa claimed responsibility for the attack it carried out to free some of its imprisoned fighters.

In July, terrorists also ambushed the president’s advance party in Dutzimma, Katsina State, wounding two guards in a daring attack.

However, despite Nigeria’s worst security levels, GlobalFirepower, a statistics-based site that monitors defense-related information globally, ranks Nigeria’s armed forces 35th in the world and 4th in Africa. Ranked as strong.

Despite these attacks, security experts point to developed nations adopting powerful technological devices used to combat insecurity to achieve a better approach to defense and national security. Devices they identify include drones, GPS tracking, gunshot detection, satellites, artificial intelligence, airplanes, tanks, computers, artillery, and video surveillance.

During his tenure as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, Dr. Khalil Shabba stressed the need to develop the country’s satellite technology to curb the anxieties plaguing the country.

In his remarks on the matter, security expert Adamu Sagir argues that security depends on human intelligence and intelligence gathering through the use of technological devices that can save Nigeria from its current security challenges. said to be based on

He added that many states in the country have several forests, which terrorists and other criminals use as hideouts to carry out their heinous activities.

Sagir says: There is an obvious problem of underpaid soldiers that can lead to corruption. ”

He noted progress in combating war and tackling global unrest, and urged Nigeria to seek help in copying its security model.

He said, “The military needs to use drones to gather intelligence across threatened states by now. I have heard that they are using people from

The security experts added that security agents could use the devices to collect accurate information so they could proactively prevent and respond to attacks.

Security and safety consultant Oladele Fajana also pointed out that the military needs to understand the mode of operation of terrorist groups before they can properly address instability in Nigeria.

He said, “By now, Nigeria had to abandon the idea of ​​confrontation and deploy technology such as drones to track these groups. That is the only alternative technology available today. Just look at the number of soldiers lost at home in the war on terrorism: the number of casualties on the part of the armed forces will drop significantly once the technology is put in place.

“How can a group carry out an attack in the federal capital area and leave without being arrested? The military must use the technological developments of the international community to engage the group.

“Look at the train attack between Abuja and Kaduna. Some of the victims are still being detained. The government can deploy drones to track and locate the perpetrators. Numbers are another technology that is not being used the right way.Criminals keep in touch with victims’ families by phone.NIN should be used as an advantage to track them down.”

Fajana pointed out that if the military is doing its best at the moment, it is not enough.

He urged the military to stay ahead of criminals by anticipating attacks using the latest devices for security and safety, rather than waiting any longer for a location to be attacked by terrorists. I got

Security consultant John Eweliku said the adoption of technology, apart from the usual approaches used by the military, creates a paradigm shift that could fill a gap in addressing the insecurity the country has faced for years. Did.

He said, “Look at the CCTV you see in supermarkets and stores. We have CCTV, we have a control room that we use to monitor outbreaks in the state, and we know that the crime rate in the state has decreased after the adoption of this technology.

“Comparing Kano State with other northern states such as Kaduna, Zamfara and Sokoto shows that there are significant gaps and security at work.”

All the way to the country’s oil pipelines, Eweliku says trackers and CCTVs are placed in strategic areas to monitor them and send information to the control room to know when criminals have destroyed the pipelines. pointed out that it is possible to

he said: The state also utilizes CCTV to monitor conditions. You’ll find yourself making great strides in fighting the rebels in your state. ”

However, Ewerik said Nigeria would need a high maintenance culture if it intended to use technology to fight crime. He said that exchange culture is essential to be exchanged.

He added that without absorbing these two cultures, it’s almost impossible to record success in fighting anxiety.