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Ondo orders compulsory installation of CCTV in public, private institutions

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh and Friday Omo- sola

An Executive Order for compulsory installation of close circuit television (CCTV) devices in all public and private institutions in Ondo State has been signed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

This order came weeks after the attack on worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo area of Ondo killing not less than 40 people and many others sustaining injuries.

A statement at the weekend by the Chief Press Secretary to the Gov- ernor, Richard Olatunde, said it was a measure to prevent insecurity due to the increased rate of insecurity in the country and the need to protect the lives and property in all public and private institutions throughout the state.

He stressed that the executive order shall be enforced at all religious places of worship, financial institutions (of all kinds), event centres, supermarkets, educational institutions (schools), hotels or motels, guest houses, inns, restaurants, clinics and health centres, eateries, recreation or vehicular parks and other places regularly used by the public. “This becomes imperative in the light of the increased spate of insecurity in the country and the need to ensure security of lives and properties in all public and private institutions and centres throughout the state,” the statement said.

“The executive order shall be enforced at all religious places of worship, financial institutions (of all kinds), event centres, supermarkets, educational institutions (Schools), Hotels/Motels, Guest House, inns, Restaurants, Clinics and Health Centres, eateries (of all kinds), recreation or vehicular parks and other places regularly used by the public.” He said the order is pursuant to Section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which vests such power in the governors, as the chief executives of their states.

According to him, the order expects, “That the owners, occupiers, managers and operators of public/private institu- tions 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, The Trumpet gathered.

“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 it is 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.

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“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 De- partment 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.”

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