Nigeria to deploy robots, artificial intelligence to curb crimes

Nigeria will be using robots and artificial intelligence in the coming years to combat crime in the country. 

As a result, the Nigerian government has established a center to coordinate similar measures in Nigeria’s fight against crime.

The Nigerian Senate made the announcement during plenary discussion of a report titled  “The spate of growing insecurity in Nigeria,” which was presented by Adelere Oriolowo, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Legislative Compliance and Communications.

Oriowo stated in his presentation that the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration exercise initiated by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy which makes the provision of the National Identity Number (NIN) compulsory has greatly limited the use of phones by kidnappers for talks.

He added that the successes recorded in the SIM registration were messed up by the process that registered SIM card owners across the country.

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

He also announced that 23 Emergency Communication Centres using the 112 code had been launched, with another 12 on the verge of being activated.

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 (NEMA) and the police as well as other security agencies.”

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