Yunusa Jibrin’s AI Innovation for Peace in Nigeria


In a groundbreaking development, Yunusa Jibrin, a UK-based Nigerian, has introduced a pioneering application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to combat terrorism in Nigeria. Armed with a Master’s degree in computer science from the University of Sussex, Jibrin has harnessed AI-driven image synthesis to identify bandits and their hideouts within Nigeria.

Jibrin’s research, if embraced by the federal government, has the potential to revolutionize Nigeria’s approach to counter-terrorism. Through the generation of thousands of visual representations depicting bandits in desert environments, complete with weapons and vehicles, Jibrin has enabled a Vision Transformer (VT) model to accurately discern terrorist elements within the images.

In an interview with Vanguard, Jibrin stressed the importance of employing technology-driven strategies against terrorist elements in Nigeria. He expressed his willingness to collaborate with the federal government in tackling insecurity, a major hindrance to the country’s development.

Jibrin’s collaborative efforts with a team of researchers from the Federal College of Education (Technical) Potiskum underscore the transformative impact of AI on national security endeavors. Plans are underway to formalize these findings, with the aim of publishing and integrating the developed algorithms into the operational frameworks of the Nigerian government.

This innovative approach offers a ray of hope for Nigeria, suggesting that the country may be on the path to peace after a decade of combating terrorism. By leveraging AI, Nigeria can not only identify and eliminate bandits but also streamline military efforts, ultimately contributing to a safer and more prosperous future for the nation.

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