Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has ordered the compulsory installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in public places across the state.
In a statement released Saturday by his spokesman, Richard Olatunde, the governor gave the directive following the signing of Executive Orders.
Akeredolu stated that he gave the orders pursuant to Section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which vests in the Governor of Ondo State the Chief Executive powers of the state.
The governor stated that the decision became necessary following the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo and other parts of the state, adding that his administration would continue to ensure the security of lives and properties in the state.
Akeredolu said the executive order will be enforced at all religious places, financial institutions, event centres, supermarkets, educational institutions, hotels/motels, restaurants, clinics and health centres, among others.
He stated the order shall be enforced by all security agencies particularly the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun and the Department of State Security Services (DSS).
The statement reads: “Pursuant to Section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which vests in the Governor of Ondo State the Chief Executive powers of the state, the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, hereby issues the following Executive Orders.
“That the owners, occupiers, managers and operators of public/private institutions within Ondo State shall mandatorily install, use and maintain CCTV devices and other secret cameras to monitor and keep surveillance on the daily activities in their premises and especially monitor the ingress and egress of people/vehicles at the said places, venues and centres.
“That the installed CCTV devices apart from capturing all activities at the public/private institutions must also have data storage hardware and data stored therein should be made available to security agencies whenever required.
“That public/private institutions shall employ and maintain well-trained security personnel who shall man the entry and exit points to their various facilities/premises.
“That where necessary, the owners and occupiers of public/private institutions shall erect a well-fortified perimeter fence with a security post at the entry and exit points.
“That this Executive Order shall be enforced by all security agencies particularly the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun) and the Department of State Security Services (DSS).
“That violators of this Executive Order shall be prosecuted in accordance with Section 203 of the Criminal Code (Cap. 37) Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria.”