Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lagos residents call for CCTV cameras at “every nook and cranny''

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Some residents of Lagos have called on governments at all levels to install Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTV) cameras in every public place in the country.

 

They say that installations of those cameras would help in fighting terrorism and the Boko Haram bombings.

 

The Lagos State Government had installed some CCTV cameras in some selected areas in the state in 2009 and in 2011.

 

The Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation (Media), Mr Joseph Obi, in November 2011, had said that 150 of such cameras were being installed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

 

Mr Afolabi Abiodun, a dealer in security gadgets, said that CCTV Cameras in every nook and cranny of the country would help deter many criminal inclinations.

 

He said that such cameras, especially at motor parks, would be useful in capturing criminal incidents, aid identification of culprits and assist in their arrest.

 

“Those that burgled stores in the last riot in the United Kingdom were detected with the aid of the CCTV cameras placed around those stores.

 

“Nigeria, especially Lagos by now ought to have gone beyond using only human police personnel to combat crimes.

 

“The state should be CCTV compliant in the fight against crimes,“ he said.

 

Mr Ayo Boluwatife, a lawyer, said that crimes in Lagos State needed to be checked using more of digital technological gadgets.

 

He alleged that some people with criminal inclinations were known to behave better when being watched.

 

“These cameras will also speed-up criminal trials and help the evidence act in our judicial system to make better sense in its application.

 

“Imagine if my client presents a camera footage of his or her claims, my case has just been made very easy to prosecute,“ he said.

 

A police officer, who preferred anonymity, said that policing a large country like Nigeria without such cameras was like “still doing things obsoletely“.

 

He said that technology played a great role in modern methods of securing lives and properties and so, Nigeria “should not be seen not utilising such technology“.

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