- The Nigeria Police Force intends to install CCTV in strategic points with a view to complement its crime fighting efforts
- The IGP, Mohammed Adamu revealed this during an interactive session with special units at the force headquarters
- The police boss also revealed plans by the force to fully resuscitate, re-organise, and expand the operations of the ‘Safer Highway Patrol’ scheme
The acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday, May 9, stated that his administration was exploring the option of installing Close Circuit Cameras, CCTV, in strategic points with a view to complement the crime fighting efforts of the Nigeria Police.
The IGP revealed this during an interactive session with officers in charge of SARS, anti-kidnapping squad and other special units at the force headquarters.
The police boss also revealed plans by the force to fully resuscitate, re-organise, and expand the operations of the ‘Safer Highway Patrol’ scheme.
According to him, this is with intent to enhance visibility policing within the public space and particularly, at vulnerable areas across the country.
He said he summoned the meeting with the commanders “because of the need to address concerns on the rising rate of armed robberies, kidnappings, banditry and other violent crimes in the country.”
He explained that the meeting was aimed at “jointly reviewing the security challenges with the officers, engage them on challenges that may be inhibiting their maximum performances on the field, and reviewing the existing security strategies and evolve new architecture towards addressing the challenges.”
His words: “In order to complement your efforts, we shall soon fully resuscitate, re-organize and expand the operations of the ‘Safer Highway Patrol’ scheme.
“This is with intent to enhance visibility policing within the public space and particularly, at vulnerable areas across the country.
“We are also exploring the concept of safer city where CCTV technology will be optimally engaged to support our operations.
“In addition, we are exploring the possibility of establishing a National Crime Analysis Centre which will be engaged in the collation, analysis and dissemination of criminal intelligence to support your operations.”
He reassured Nigerians of the “strong resolve of the police in ensuring the safety of their lives and property,” adding that in achieving this, the police “need the support of the citizens, for it is only when we present a common front that we can defeat a common enemy that threatens our communal values.”
Meanwhile, Citizens’ Rights Crusade Network (CRCN) on Sunday, May 5, identified political players and public office holders as masterminds of the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and killings ravaging Zamfara state.
The group specifically stated that politicians benefiting from illegal gold mining in Zamfara were the ones sponsoring the endless unrest in the area.
CRCN, therefore, called on the attention of the international community and relevant security agencies to save Nigerians from the hands of politicians causing unrest in the north-west region.
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