The indiscriminate and unlawful usage of personal and commercial drones in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has been forewarned against by the FCT’s Commissioner of Police.
The police command said in a statement that the decision was driven by information at its disposal as well as public outcry over the sighting of drones hovering around private and government-restricted airspaces in violation of existing laws, thus instilling fear and apprehension in the minds of residents.
The statement continues by saying that the police chief has thus ordered that drone usage laws be immediately enforced, violators be arrested, and such drones be seized.
The statement in part reads
”Consequent upon the above, the Commissioner of Police FCT Command CP Babaji Sunday has directed the immediate Enforcement of Drone usage Regulations, arrest of violators, and the confiscation of such Drones.
In the light of the above, 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), & 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.
The CP while calling for calm, noted that investigations carried out has shown that the small and lightweight drones sighted are of zero imminent security threat as they are flown by individuals for leisure or commercial purposes. However, to help the Police effectively Police the air-spaces, it is important to in addition to the above notify the Police of the usage of the drone in every instance, especially for commercial purposes.’
The Commissioner of Police, while tasking DPOs and other vital organs of the Command to carry out the enforcement, urged residents to be law-abiding and exercise calm bearing in mind the assurance of the Command’s unalloyed commitment to bringing crime and criminality to its barest minimum. 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.”