Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has said law enforcement officers in the state will soon begin to wear body cameras while discharging their duties.
Governor Sanwo-Olu announced this when Ifalade Oyekan, Head of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI), and officers of the state’s law enforcement outfits visited him at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary, the governor said the officers of the state law enforcement agencies will be trained by the LETI.
“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.
“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. With body-worn cameras, our law enforcement officers are better equipped to protect lives and properties, thereby, making Lagos safer for us all,” Akosile quoted Governor Sanwo-Olu as saying.
The governor’s media aide noted that his principal said the move would improve transparency and accountability in the activities of law enforcement agencies, and put the State Government in a better position to respond to security challenges in real-time.
The statement read: “Provision of adequate security, the Governor said, is a key pillar of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda, stressing that the initiative reflected his Government’s resolution to ensure Lagos remained secure for residents and investors.
“Sanwo-Olu said the launch of the body-worn cameras would take the Government a step closer towards fulfilling its security agenda, stressing that the introduction of devices to frontline security team and officers would enhance their productivity and professionalism, while also fast-tracking law enforcement process.
“The cameras, the Governor pointed out, will help the State Government check abuse of power and excesses by security personnel, while also improving the safety and accountability of officers, who will use the devices for evidence sharing and intelligence gathering.”