National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) said inadequate satellite and other facilities affect the monitoring of bandits and other criminal elements in Nigeria.
The newly appointed Director-General of the Agency, Halilu Shaba made this known after an interactive session with the staff of the agency in Abuja.
Shaba revealed that the bandits have become sophisticated in their operations.
According to him, the waves received by the agency from remote areas shows the bandits no longer use Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) phones, but walkie-talkie.
The NASRDA’s DG said, “the Satellite is not static where the insurgency is taking place.
“That is why one satellite is not adequate. What Nigeria has there are some two satellites doing two different things.
“We have a High-Resolution imaging satellite and Medium Resolution imaging satellite.
Shaba added that “the activities of the bandits could be when the satellite was away from Nigerian borders, so that is why we are advocating for more satellites for Nigeria.”
He, therefore, called for partnership between the agency and security agencies in the country in the area of information sharing, especially when planning to launch attacks on the criminal elements.