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Ogun installs CCTV technology to curb crime

23 January 2014, 15:14

Abuja - The Ogun State Government plans to install an additional 1 000 close circuit television (CCTV) cameras to beef up security monitoring in the state.

Speaking about the plans, the state commissioner for information, Yusuph Olaniyonu, told journalists in Abeokuta that the cameras would be installed in major streets across the state to check the rising incidents of crime.

The commissioner said that the decision to install more CCTV cameras in the state was because of the success of the ones earlier mounted in some parts of the state.

“As you may have observed, crime rate in Ogun has reduced. This is largely due to the effort of security outfits in the state and the CCTV cameras that the government installed last year. The cameras have been very effective and the governor has order 1000 more should be installed,” he said.

He added that through effective monitoring in the state through the installed CCTV camera, several criminals had been apprehended and handed over for prosecution.

Olaniyonu said that the state government was determined to make the state “safe for residents and unsafe for criminals.”

He said that the state government was also planning to further empower local vigilante groups to help in the fight against crime.

Ogun state was mostly in the news last year following series of bank robberies that surged in the region.

Most financial institutions in the state had to close their offices for weeks due to the frequency of the robberies and alleged failure by the police to check the menace.

– CAJ News


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