Security is vital for the socio-economic development and sustainability of any nation. Currently, militancy, Boko Haram crisis, Fulani herdsmen, cow herders, local farmers’ clashes, and the heightening wave of kidnapping sums up the current state of security in Nigeria. Poor data management techniques on the part of government agencies have stalled various government efforts targeted towards changing the status quo. Leaked strategies, poor speed of data gathering, and processing have been prevalent as shown by several failed or near-miss intervention missions. This paper presents and discusses the potential role of AI technology; (machine learning, big data, deep learning, etc.) as an efficient tool for detecting, preventing, and curbing insecurities in Nigeria. Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools have shown increasing promise concerning information gathering and analysis. AI can optimize time and source leakage of laid down strategies; factors that are plaguing the Nigerian security agencies. Possible challenges that may hinder the implementation of AI technology in curbing insecurity in Nigeria are also highlighted and potential solutions are discussed.
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Insecurity, Data, Nigeria, Crime, Terrorism
Author: Okwor, Ugochukwu D.