Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has rolled out plans for law enforcement officers in the state to use body cameras.
Ahead of the deployment of the digital tools for security operations across the State, Sanwo-Olu said a mass training for the State’s law enforcement personnel on the use of body-worn cameras, will commence in May.
In a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the governor further explained, that the training will be facilitated by the State’s Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI)
7,000 officers will be trained in the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), and the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC).
“This year, we are going to be having body cameras on officers to capture incidences because things happen so fast,” he had said.
“You can’t really say let me get my camera. But if you have your body camera on that is recording, then you can capture all sorts of different things that you can use against offenders.
“Those who willfully disobey traffic signs go in the middle of the night to remove those signs. When they are caught, they will say that there were no signs. They go and remove the signs to prove they aren’t aware of the signs. This happens all the time.”
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Khadijat Shittabey, applauded the Governor for approving the initiative, stressing that the body worn cameras would help the ministry in the administration of justice.