Insecurity: Nigeria to deploy robots, artificial intelligence to fight terrorists, bandits – Senate

The goal, according to the Minister, is to have at least one Emergency Communication Centre in every State of the Federation, by the first quarter of 2022.
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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, according to the Senate, has established a centre for artificial intelligence and robotics to deploy the use of robots and artificial intelligence in battling crime and criminality in Nigeria.

The revelation came at plenary on Wednesday, July 14, when the Joint Committee on Legislative Compliance and Communications Chairman, Adelere Oriolowo, delivered a report titled "The spate of growing insecurity in Nigeria."

Oriowo claims that the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy's Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration exercise, which requires the provision of the National Identity Number (NIN), has greatly limited the usage of phones by kidnappers for talks.

He also claimed that the SIM registration's initial successes were harmed by the various agents hired by the communications companies to register SIM card users across Nigeria's 774 local government areas.

According to him, this prompted the ministry to request that the Presidency authorize the suspension of SIM card sales and the merger of SIMs to their respective owners' NINs.

He went on to say that the Joint Committee discovered that the Ministry and its agencies have various initiatives and schemes in place to help security authorities battle crime.

Oriowo said;

“The goal, according to the Minister, is to have at least one Emergency Communication Centre in every State of the Federation, by the first quarter of 2022.

“The Emergency Communication Centres, are supposed to be multipurpose Centres for emergencies and platforms for Nigerians to access and connect to relevant institutions like the Fire Service, National Emergency Management Authority and the Police, as well as other security agencies.

“These emergency lines are toll-free lines and their effectiveness has been well reported across the country, including its usefulness, during the COVID-19 lockdown”