Retired AVM Victor Udoh, the Head, Airbus Defence and Space in Nigeria, has charged Nigerian security agencies to leverage on space technology to enhance peace in the country.
Udoh made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
He said that it was the responsibility of government to protect lives, property, the borders and maritime environment through the security agencies.
According to him, since threats and terrorism have become sophisticated, conventional means of solving security challenges have become ineffective.
He said that security agencies should deploy the outer space in the combating security issues.
TheElite Times reports that outer space is the expanse that exists beyond the earth and between celestial bodies.
He recalled that the UN assented to the Outer Space Treaty (OST) of 1967 and the Moon Agreement of 1979 which prohibits placing weapons in space.
Udoh said that the UN sets up its Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) to ensure the implementation of the UN space treaties.
He said that the treaty stated that no nation and institutions had sovereignty of the outer space, adding that it should be used for peaceful purposes.
“Nations are allowed to use satellites as non-intrusive space assets in such areas like early warning, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, global navigation, wireless communications and meteorology.
“The civil and military use of space is a force multiplier to enhance modern warfare.
“Nigeria is currently facing many security challenges which include terrorism, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, porous borders and maritime challenges, among others.
“The criminals perpetuating these security challenges are getting sophisticated and advanced by the day.
“It has become imperative for security agencies to embrace and employ modern technologies to overcome these security challenges, especially outer space technologies.
“The forward-looking, non-intrusive nature high ground weapons make it a viable tool for security agencies that employ them to observe, communicate and explore any area on earth,” Udoh said.