Drones (UAV) in Nigeria – What No One Will Tell You

A few years ago, when I heard drones were deployed by the U.S army to some part of the world; I use to think drones were some specially trained secret agents with advanced technology. lol

Now I know better…

In 2015, the United Arab Emirate kick-started an annual international competition and award tagged “Drone for Good”.

This competition enables technology companies from all part of the world to showcase their ideas on how technologies behind civilian drones can be transformed into practical solutions to improve human lives.

At this point, you might want to know…

 

What Exactly is a Drone?

A drone is an aircraft which can be remotely controlled via radio signals or autonomously by onboard sensors.

A drone is formally known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Unnamed Aerial System (UAS). It can be fully controlled, semi-autonomous, or autonomous.

Different models of drones have been created for different uses and capabilities. For example, Loon Copter which won the “Drone for Good” award in 2015 has aerial flight, on-water surface operation, and underwater operation capabilities.

 

Uses of Drones

Drones are used for a whole lot of things that one could write a book on the uses of drones. Here’s a list of few of the most important uses.

 

  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
  • Journalism
  • Cargo Delivery
  • Search and Rescue
  • Law Enforcement
  • Recreation
  • Film Making
  • Military Uses
  • Scientific Research
  • Disaster Relief
  • Archaeology
  • Farming

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is a drone?

The speed of a drone depends on several factors. It depends on the battery, size of the device, rotors, wind direction, and direction you’re moving your device.

For example, your device will be faster when you’re moving it on a straight line than when you’re moving it up a mountain.

 

How high can a drone fly?

The maximum height of flight depends on some factors like battery life, radio range, video range, and legal flight range.

As a Nigerian, you might be wondering what legal flight range means.

Well, in countries like the US, the government is working on creating laws to guide drone users; so that owners don’t invade the privacy of others.

 

How long can a drone fly?

You probably don’t know this, but drones don’t fly for as long as you might be imagining.

Those with small multi rotors fly for 10 – 15 minutes while those with bigger multi-rotors fly for 20 – 40 minutes or even 1 hour.

 

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Where to Buy Cheap Drones in Nigeria

Drones can be purchased in Nigeria on Konga, a famous and trusted online store in the country.

Choose any model of your choice here and pay online or when it is delivered to your doorstep.

 

Models and Prices of Drones in Nigeria 

Below is a list of drones in Nigeria and their prices.

  • Parrot Bebop Drone – ₦295,000
  • DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone – ₦280,000
  • DJI Phantom 3 4K Drone – ₦375,000
  • DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone – ₦375,000
  • Typhoon Q500 4K Drone – ₦423,500
  • 3 Professional RC Drone QuadCopter 2 Battery COMBO W/ GPS 4K Camera – ₦560,000
  • DJI Phantom 3 Advanced with Extra Battery and Phantom Backpack – ₦715,511
  • DJI Phantom 3 Professional RC Drone QuadCopter 2 Battery COMBO W/ GPS 4K Camera – ₦550,500
  • DJI Phantom 4 Drone – ₦670,000
  • Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone+4k UHD Video+Film+Survellance Camera – ₦638,900
  • Typhoon Q500 4K Pro Drone with Aluminum Case – ₦548,150
  • Phantom 3 Professional Aerial Drones – ₦593,018
  • Phantom 3 Drone – ₦569,000
  • DJI Phantom 3 Professional with Extra Battery and Phantom Backpack – ₦995,339
  • DJI – Inspire 1 V2.0 – ₦1,579,941
  • DJI Inspire 1 Pro Drones – ₦1,720,000

 

Cheap Drones in Nigeria

  • 2.4Ghz Aeroblade Drone Quadcopter – ₦15,050
  • X4 -H107L- 4 Channel -2.4GHz RC Quadcopter – ₦15,050
  • HT Fashion Quadcopter Drone with WIFI Camera (FPV) One key Return – ₦35,860
  • Axis Gyto Remote Controlled Drone Quadcopter – JJRC JJ669 6CH 6 – ₦42,100
  • Multicopter RC Drone with Quadcopter Radio Control – LH-X6 INTRUDER 6-Axis Gyro – ₦43,980
  • Syma x5c Quadcopter Six Axis Flying Drone with HD Camera – ₦45,000
  • Quadcopter Drone with Live Video and Automatic Return – ₦54,000
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Fouad

Hi, I'm Fouad. I write about gadgets and other tech related stuff. Feel free to ask me any question in the comment box below.

38 thoughts on “Drones (UAV) in Nigeria – What No One Will Tell You

  • July 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm
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    Hi Fouad.
    Are there any kind of restrictions on Multirotors in Nigeria? Do you need to get a permit? Do they need to be registered? Here in the US we have to register with the FAA. I want to send a Quad to a friend of mine and want to make sure he has everything he needs to know and have before I order it. I would hate for him to get in trouble.
    Thanks,
    Lenny

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  • August 25, 2016 at 10:48 am
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    I know of a friend that bought and has beenflying it without a permit. So?

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    • September 8, 2016 at 3:32 am
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      Hi, Iwaleye. Well, a lot of things happen. But it pays to be on the safer side.

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      • March 14, 2017 at 4:54 am
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        Hi fouad, a drone was sent to me from Vienna through post office on riching Ikeja customs are saying that is contraband I don’t understand can you educate me more on this?

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        • March 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm
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          Hi Francis,

          I’m sorry you couldn’t get your drone.

          What they mean is that it is a banned item and you can’t import it. If your drone is new and you have all papers ready, I don’t think you should have any problem.

          You should make further inquiry from them to know why it is contraband. Perhaps there is something more to it.

          Here’s a list of prohibited items for importation. You might get some clue.

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          • October 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm
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            I came i to check for information about selfie drone…. Bought a small one asin $40 (Uk) sent via DHL express to me…their telling me sss not clearing it asking ncc… End user certificate…. Tax clearance and more….. Even after showing my ID as a person in the field of photography that any drone are ban…… Am still shocked and they even threaten me with arrest…. What more can i do. Tnx

          • October 14, 2017 at 11:23 am
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            Hi Dlaw,

            There’s no cause for alarm. All they’re demanding for, in a nut shell, is clearance. You need to do some documentations before your drone is released.

            You can work on your end user certificate here: http://euc.nsa.gov.ng/bg/home

            If you’re in Lagos, you can fix the tax clearance issue here: http://www.lasg-ebs-rcm.com/ebsrcm/index-etcc.asp

            Otherwise, visit the FIRS office in your location.

            I believe you’ll be cleared when you get the documents they requested. It’s tedious but it’s worth it.

            Goodluck!

  • November 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    Will I be able to fly my drone for my leisure in rural areas of Nigeria like my village? It has some local networks like AIRTEL, MTN AND GLO in some ranges.

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    • November 9, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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      Hi Samp,

      I don’t think you should have a problem flying your drone in any rural area in Nigeria. I don’t know of any stipulated law that is against it. As long as your community leaders don’t ban you, you should enjoy your flight all day long.

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  • November 28, 2016 at 10:17 am
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    please where can i buy drone parts in nigeria

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  • March 27, 2017 at 11:37 am
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    How can one successfully import a drone? Do the local sellers have licenses?

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    • April 11, 2017 at 7:21 am
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      Buy from a reliable seller and ship it to Nigeria. What license are you talking about?

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  • June 14, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    Hi I’m a drone repair specialist, if you are in need of my service, call on 08065934360 …what ever damage level

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  • August 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm
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    Very nice article. Contact Aero Recon Productions – A Drone Company for all your UAV/Drone needs. Our services include retail, repairs, operations and training. For more information visit aeroreconproduction.com or call 08092284285. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@adronecompany)

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  • September 7, 2017 at 11:33 am
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    Hello Fouad.

    i have a Parrot Ar drone 2.0 and i crash landed it.. one of this brushless motors and the gear is
    damage now. do you have spare parts for this drone?

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    • September 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm
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      Hello Aleem,
      Sorry about your plight. Unfortunately, I don’t sell drones and I don’t sell drone parts. But you can get some spare parts for your drone here.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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    I bought a drone from the states unfortunately I left before it was delivered so the company shipped it. On getting to lagos it was confiscated by custom..I want to use it for agriculture..what must I do.

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    • September 29, 2017 at 8:44 am
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      Hi Sonia,

      Sorry to hear that your drone was confiscated. My friend who had a similar experience had to go to the SSS office at the airport in Lagos to sign some documents before his drone was released. I guess you just need some clearance to retrieve it. Hope this helps.

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      • July 24, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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        Please, can you refer me to your friend? Seems mine too is stuck at customs. It’s over 1 week since it arrived in Nigeria. Please, it’s urgent. Thank you

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  • October 14, 2017 at 8:37 pm
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    Thanks on your response to me, i was just really shaken by the so called sss at the DHL office at naco when i was be treated like a criminal for buying a $40 gadget that might help my work (photography /technology) have seen the links you gave me and downloaded the Euc guildlines but why DHL agree to accept the item at the point of posting still pussle me . This our Nigerian way with power eeh.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 10:48 am
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    Hello Fouad,

    I will like to talk to you about some tech blogging. How can i reach you? If you are on skype Or Send me an email… Thanks

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    • April 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm
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      Thank you, Carl. You can reach me via the email address on the contact page.

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  • July 27, 2018 at 2:30 pm
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    Hello Fouad,
    Is there any electronic store in Nigeria where I can buy drone batteries?

    Thank you

    Phil

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  • November 26, 2018 at 11:41 am
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    Thanks for that pieces. Pls, I need the price range/charges for drone hire service (scientific research. Events ) thanks

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    please were can i get training in nigeria on the use of drone for scientific research, most especially in area of aquatic plant ecology, please if there is any place i can be trained on how to use UAVs (DRONES) please i want to know. my mail enodianaosas@gmail.com

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  • August 22, 2020 at 3:52 pm
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    Hi Fouad

    Great Post. Please could you tell people the dangers of importing their drones and getting them stuck at the customs point co DHL will never warn you that there is a possibility of the item getting Sized at destination clearance point.

    I cant understand why DHL will not warn the buyers and ask for an End user certificate prior to accepting to Ship it. Disgraceful and shameful

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