The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has begun installation of mobile cameras in its operational vehicles to track traffic offenders.
The agency explained that the cameras would be used to check traffic light violators, assaults and other operational offences.
The development was announced on Wednesday by the FRSC Corp Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, at the decoration of some senior officials of the corps in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
“Already we’ve received mounted cameras from the World Bank installed already in the vehicles and we are activating this and it has a radius of 200 metres.
“So with this I believe (traffic offences), especially for these traffic light violators, assault cases and critical operational offences (would be checked). We are activating the usage of these mobile cameras in the patrol cars,” he said.
Mr Oyeyemi disclosed that the mobile cameras would be operational from February 1, 2017 stressing that more cameras would be installed in due course.
“For 2017 I think we are going to have more appropriation to install cameras in the patrol cars. Technology is improving and we need more cameras to be able to get recalcitrant offenders, especially for these traffic light violators.
“Since we have a robust database, we only need to take their numbers and get their records and we issue a citation to them, (as well as) get the magistrate for warrant of arrest and prosecute them.
“That is our focus; we need to improve on the mode of our operations in 2017,” he said.
An ad-hoc committee of the Nigerian House of Representatives is to investigate the $470 million contract for the installation of CCTVs in Lagos and Abuja, which was awarded in 2010. The committee is expected to report back to the house in four weeks time.
This is in the wake of recent bomb blast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Lawmakers, during a debate, said this investigation is necessary considering the security concerns confronting the nation.
The motion is urging the Federal, State and Local Governments to install CCTVs and other security gadgets across the country.
The House also resolved to mandate all business establishments in Abuja, both Federal, State and Local Governments, to install CCTV cameras and other security gadgets in their premises.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the disruption of its registration process in Rivers State is a shot to the heart of democracy and a breach of the country’s constitution.
The APC claims that one person has been killed in the process, where it alleges about 50 hoodlums stormed some of the registration points in the state shooting sporadically.
The party also said that the armed hoodlums hijacked registration materials, mobile phones, cameras and also beat up registration officials in the process.
The APC is accusing a group it called the grassroots development initiative and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for spear-heading the attacks.
The party is asking the President to act on the situation as it claims Rivers State is the only state where such has happened since it commenced its registration exercise.
Unknown gunmen allegedly stormed a registration point in Degema area of Rivers State, opened fire and killed a youth on the spot.
This is the latest face off in the political situation in the state and it comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector-General of Police redeployed Mr Joseph Mbu the Police boss in the state after several months of agitation from the pro Amaechi group.
Mr Mbu and 22 other senior Police officers were redeployed on Thursday.