Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday has unveiled body-worn cameras for security agents in Lagos state.
Mr Sanwo-Olu, during the unveiling ceremony, at Lagos House, Ikeja, said; ”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.
”Lagos State has strategically set the pace among other states in Nigeria to launch the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers.”
Mr Sanwo-Olu noted that ”the security challenges in different parts of the country are worrisome,” but said with proactive action, the use of modern technological tools, and a mix of well-trained and intelligent officers, the challenges could be successfully dealt with.
”With body-worn cameras, our law enforcement officers are better equipped to protect lives and properties, thereby, making Lagos safer for us all,” he said.
Mr Sanwo-Olu added that the launch of the body-worn cameras would take the government a step closer towards fulfilling its security agenda.
”I am hopeful that all officers will optimise the cameras that will be assigned to them for the furtherance of justice and improvement of the law enforcement process.
”Our government will continue to prioritise the welfare of our law enforcement officers whose pivotal efforts we acknowledge in the entrenchment of a safe city,” said Mr Sanwo-Olu.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Khadijat Shittabey commended the governor for approving the initiative.
”The cameras will also help to enhance professionalism on the part of the law enforcement agents, provide digital evidence of events and provide additional means of protection for officers.
”The cameras will be used to establish guilt or innocence of officers when confronted with allegations of wrongdoings,” Ms Shittabey explained.