Federal Government, as part of efforts to stop killing and kidnapping by criminals and bandits, plans to install closed circuit television cameras on the highways in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this during a closed-door meeting at Presidential Villa, Abuja with the South-West traditional rulers led by Ooni of Ife, Mr Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
Buhari, who stated that the country’s security architecture would be restructured, also said drones would be deployed in areas worst hit by banditry and kidnapping in collaboration with state governments.
He stated, “Working with the state governments also, we intend to beef up the equipping of the police force with advanced technology and equipment that can facilitate the work of the security agencies.
States to get approval for drones
“I will be issuing directives to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for states requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts. We also intend to install CCTVs on highways and other strategic locations so that activities in some of those hidden places can be exposed, more effectively monitored and open to actionable review.
Air Force to bomb criminals’ locations
“We will equally continue to bring in our military when needed to complement the work of the police including possible deployment of troops on certain highways on a temporary basis, and the use of Air Force assets to bomb hideouts where criminals are located.
He sought the cooperation of traditional rulers to monitor different communities.
Monitor new comers in your community, Buhari urges Obas
Buhari stated, “We hope that, for instance, traditional rulers would be able to observe new entrants into the community by requesting leaders of such ethnic groups to notify the traditional authorities of intakes, thereby creating the opportunities for the gathering of actionable intelligence which tracks such movements in and out of communities thereby offering early warning signals.
“Some of these interventions include an expedited commencement of community policing, a robust revamping of police intelligence gathering capacity and the significant boosting of the numbers of security personnel in our local communities.”
Speaking with State House Correspondents later, Ooni confirmed the President’s promises on security plans.
He said, “Today, Inspector-General of Police (Mr Mohammed Adamu) was present and the entire security architecture will be restructured. We are very happy about that”, Ooni told State House Correspondents as the meeting ended, disclosing the resolutions taken at the session.