Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday unveiled body cameras for security agencies in the effort to enhance security and safety in the state.
Mr Sanwo-Olu said during the unveiling ceremony at Lagos House, Ikeja that the use of the cameras would improve transparency and accountability in the activities of law enforcement agencies.
He said the devices would help to put the state government in a better position to respond to security challenges in real time.
The governor also approved mass training for the state’s law enforcement personnel on the use of body cameras ahead of its deployment for security operations across the state.
The three-day training to begin in May will be facilitated by the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) headed by Prince Falade Oyekan.
”I am pleased to inaugurate the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers in Lagos and this is a groundbreaking move to enhance safety in the state, as well as increase transparency and accountability in the activities of our law enforcement agencies,” said Sanwo-Olu.
”Lagos State has strategically set the pace among other states in Nigeria to launch the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers.
”The security challenges in different parts of the country are worrisome, but with proactive action, the use of modern technological tools, and a mix of well-trained and intelligent officers, we will successfully combat many of these challenges.”
The governor said the cameras would help the state government to check abuse of power and excesses by security personnel, and the devices would be used for evidence sharing and intelligence gathering.
Head of LETI, Oyekan, said 7,000 officers would be trained in the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other agencies.
The others are Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC).