By the Blouin News Politics staff

Gov’t to have final say on all Nigeria drones

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On Sunday Nigeria banned the use of all drones if they do not first get government licenses. Security was the main concern cited, both for the potential crash risks in mixed airspace with planes, and for possible surveillance and attack use by Boko Haram terrorists.

Drones were just emerging in Nigeria as a niche market, mostly adopted by filmmakers, start-ups, and enthusiastic hobbyists. E-commerce companies had also hoped that drones could avoid the delivery challenges that plague the country, like heavy traffic and a haphazard home address system.

Now, however, drones are unlikely to be an avenue of innovation for the Nigerian private sector…

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