Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagos State Law Enforcement Officers of the government’s commitment to their welfare stating that this is well covered in the THEMES Agenda of his Administration.
While commissioning the Body Worn Camera for the use of Officers in the State at the banquet hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu 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 Governor was quoted to have said, “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.”
The Governor commended the leadership of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute—LETI led by Prince Ifalade Oyekan for the initiative of the Cameras.
Earlier, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Khadijat Shitta-bey said the introduction of the Body Worn Camera is an initiative aimed at protecting the citizens from the high handedness of the Law Enforcement Officers, protect Law Enforcers and ensure their integrity, while also aiding the administration of Justice in the State.
She commended Prince Ifalade and the LETI Team for their efforts which have turned around the fortunes of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute, while urging them to continue to strive harder in the overall interest of the State.
Prince Ifalade while kitting the governor with the Body Worn Camera explained the rationale behind the initiative, saying that the Governor’s THEMES Agenda and its key pillars are pathfinders that points the way to where the Governor wants Lagos to be now and in the future.
Presenting representatives of the four major Law Enforcement Agencies of the Lagos State dressed up with the Body Worn Cameras; Oyekan demonstrated the how the camera can link up with the back end servers while using the camera feed accessed via a mobile phone which can later be used in investigation and prosecution.
He thanked the Governor for giving him the opportunity to serve in such a rich cabinet.
The body cameras will be deployed for the use of all Lagos State Law Enforcement Agencies including LASTMA, KAI, VIS and LNSC.