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CSOs to FG: Champion inter’l treaty on use of killer robots, drones

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International Action Network on small arms IANSA, a Civil Society Organization has called on the federal government to as a matter of National security key into the clamour for an international treaty that will regulate and checkmate usage of emerging autonomous weapon system known as killer robots in nigeria.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, “stop killer robots” on Monday in Abuja , National Cordinator, IANSA Mimidoo Achakpa noted that Nigeria is on a progressive path to using killer robots which are designed to select and attack targets without human intervention.

She said that the plans to mass produce the the first indigenous operational unmanned Aerial vehicle(UAV) nicknamed Tsaigumi developed by the the Nigerian Air Force, NAF and the plans to develop the nation’s first indigenous Unmanned Combat Ariel vehicle are clear indications that killer roberts have come to stay in Nigeria.

Mrs Achakpa therefore stressed the need for Nigerian government to take pre emptive measures to regulate usage of the killer robots.

She adeed that the treaty when signed will give Nigeria a legal framework that defines rule of engagement on production, purchase and usage of autonomous weapons to ensure transparency and accountability.

The coordinator expressed worry that despite the great potential of the weaponin improving security, with no current law binding on its usage, could be exploited by terrorist posing a bigger threat to human lives.

She therefore urged the federal government to join at least 32 other countries in the campaign to begin negotiations on a legally binding instrument.

“Nigeria should join the campaign for the establishment of an international treaty that will curtail states. And should engage substantively in Convention for Conventional Weapons (CCW) meetings to create this law.

“The treaty once signed will assist checkmate the robots usage and also prevent smuggling to see that this weapon does not fall into the wrong hands” she warned.

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