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Akeredolu steps up security across public places, mandates CCTV installation

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As part of measures to prevent a repeat of Owo Catholic church attacks, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, mandated all schools, churches, Mosques, and others to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) devices within their premises.

Also mandated by the governor to immediately install CCTV were financial institutions, event centers, supermarkets, Hotels, Motels, Guest houses, inns, Restaurants, Health care facilities, eateries, recreation or vehicular parks, and other places regularly used by the public.


The new developments were contained in the executive order signed by the governor compelled all public and private institutions across the state to carry out the new moves.
On Saturday, he explained that the new development becomes imperative in the light of the increased spate of insecurity in the country and the need to ensure the security of lives and properties in all public and private institutions and centers throughout the state.
Akeredolu stressed that any individual or corporate organisation that contravene the order would be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, the governor while assuring the public and private individuals that the order would be enforced effectively under Section 203 of the Criminal Code (Cap. 37) Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria.
According to the statement, 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, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, 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 on 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 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.
“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)”.

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