Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed that his government has embraced the closed-circuit television technology as part of efforts to police and improve the security in crisis-prone Southern Kaduna.
El-Rufai made this known in a statement he signed after a meeting with the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Revd. Supo Ayokunle, other CAN leaders, security operatives, and political stakeholders in the state on Monday.
In the statement titled, ‘Let Us Unite to Build a Constituency for Peace in Kaduna State, the governor stated that the immediate focus remains to stop the cycle of attacks and reprisals.
Part of the statement reads, “Since last month, the state government and security agencies have been working to contain an upsurge in violence and needless killings in parts of the state. We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives in a totally unnecessary frenzy of communal attacks, reprisals, and revenge.
“While we mourn the dead, our immediate focus remains to stop the cycle of attacks and reprisals. We remain committed to ending the legacy of violence that has blighted the state for 40 years, needlessly taken many lives, and curtailed the life chances of others.
“We will continue to support the security agencies to restore calm in the affected communities. Over the last five years, we have invested heavily in the security sector. We have consistently provided vehicles and other logistics support to the security agencies that are deployed in the state.
“We are also addressing the technology side of security, through the procurement of drones, the award of contracts to install CCTVs in phases in Kaduna, Kafanchan, and Zaria metropolitan areas, build a command and control centre and establish a forensic laboratory.”
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