A Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Babaji Sunday has ordered the enforcement of regulation on drone usage. He said violators will be arrested and such drones confiscated.
Babaji said investigations showed there is indiscriminate and illegal use of personal and commercial drones in the FCT.
A statement by the spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, reads: “Information at the disposal of the Command, as well as public outcry on the sighting of drones hovering personal and government-restricted air-spaces, contrary to extant laws, thereby creating fear and apprehension in the minds of residents.
“It is pertinent to state that flying drones in the FCT requires meeting certain qualifications, obtaining certifications, as demanded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and obtaining approval from the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) as the case may be without which it becomes an offense to at any time and any day be found flying one.
“Consequent upon the above, the Commissioner of Police has directed the immediate enforcement of drone usage regulations, arrest of violators, and the confiscation of such drones. To help the police effectively police the air-spaces, it is important to notify the police of the usage of the drone in every instance, especially for commercial purposes.
“While the police continue to take proactive security measures, residents are urged to remain vigilant, and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrences to the police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.”