Buhari Vows To Install CCTVs On Highways To Check Crime
President Muhammadu Buhari has made known his intention to install closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) on highways and other strategic locations so that activities in some hidden places can be effectively monitored.
He stated this when he received traditional rulers from the north led by Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, sultan of Sokoto, at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Buhari said the entire structure of the police is being overhauled so that the force can meet the rising challenges across the nation.
“I have decided to meet with Your Highnesses to assure you that government is determined to tackle and deal decisively with all security challenges facing us as a nation,” he said.
“This consultation, therefore, is to engage you, our royal fathers, so that, collectively, we can arrive at solutions to any and all security problems in the country.
“We must all play our part to finally address these security challenges, particularly traditional rulers, in your respective communities, where you feel the pulse of the people, being the closest to the populace at the grassroots level.”
Buhari asked the traditional rulers to provide more support to security agencies with their versatile knowledge of communities and individuals.
“These policies and programmes include a robust revamping of police intelligence gathering capacity and the significant boosting of the numbers of security personnel in our local communities. This in specific terms will include recruiting more police officers and doing so whenever possible from their local government areas, where they would then be stationed in the best traditions of policing worldwide,” he said.
“Working with the State governments also, we intend to improve the equipping of the police force with advanced technology and equipment that can facilitate their work. To drive this, I recently created a full-fledged Ministry of Police Affairs.
“As I said during my meeting with the Traditional Rulers from the South-West, directives have been issued to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for States requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts.”