Lagos’ Commissioner for Science and Technology on Monday27 October announced the launch of unmanned aerial vehicles-drones to increase surveillance in Lagos as well as additional CCTV cameras in attempts to make the city safe.
In the past few weeks, a large number of Boko Haram militants have been arrested in Lagos and Abuja two of the mega-cities of Nigeria. Their arrests have been credited to increased surveillance and intensive intelligence gathering.
Lagos currently has 1000 CCTV camera installed that broadcast and dispatch live updates to the security agencies in turn preventing would be crimes or facilitate arrests of wanted criminals.
The Commissioner for Science and Technology Olufemi Odubuyi in a press conference announced the increase of CCTV cameras in Lagos as well as the use of drones to combat crime in the city and monitor any suspicious activities that would compromise the security of the general population.
Lagos joins other major cities in Africa like Nairobi in installing advanced surveillance systems to monitor and preempt would be crimes and acts of terrorism in the hearts of African countries.