El-Rufai set to install CCTV, UAV in Kaduna
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai Wednesday disclosed plans to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) across the state as part of efforts to check crime and beef up security.
Governor El-Rufai made the disclosure through his Special Adviser on Internal Security and Coordinator of the State’s , Joint Security Outfit, known as Operation Yaki, Hon. Yakubu Yusufu Soja while addressing a press conference at Kaduna Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in preparatory of the May 29th, 2016 celebration in the state.
He said the work on installation of the CCTV is at 80% completion and plans are underway for procurement of Unmanned Ariel Vehicle, UAV (drones), provide modern crimes detecting devices, more operational vehicles to the joint outfit and training of our operatives to man the equipments in order to provide citywide and state surveillance.
He continued when he said the administration has so far reduced crimes in the state saying it has arrested 59 kidnappers, 174 cattle rustlers and recovered 59,515 livestocks including cattle, sheeps and donkeys which have been returned to their owners.
According to him, “when this administration assumed office on the 29th May, 2015 under the dynamic leadership of Mal. Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai, security challenges have been one of the major areas that call for great concern in the existence of the state. During the past years organized crimes such as terrorism, armed robbery, car theft and snatching, cattle rustling, Sara-suka or yan-shara a group of miscreants, black spots and criminal hideouts where illicit drugs are sold and consumed and the lawlessness that has bedeviled the society with the crime rates always on the increase and many citizens innocently lost their lives due to lack of good governance.
“The provision of adequate security is one of the cardinal objective of the APC government and has started fulfilling this promise that has generated great concern among the populace for a long time but with the repositioning of Joint Operation Yaki headquarters, the State government Security outfit and my appointment as special adviser on internal Security and coordinator operation yaki, we took the bull by the horn by launching of the joint military / police operation code named ‘Operation Restore Peace’ and ‘Operation Sharan Daji’ which led to the breakthrough recorded in the fight against crime and criminality and the steady reduction in crime rate in the state.
“This breakthrough was recorded due to the commitment and support of the state government in the necessary logistics for the operatives of the joint outfit and the achievements recorded in terms of the provision of adequate security for peaceful coexistence among the people and the commitment exhibited by this administration in safeguarding the lives and properties of its citizenry.
“We recorded the success based on the support received from the Governor who purchased for the outfit one hundred and seven (107) surveillance vehicles, three (3) rescue ambulances were also acquired and fitted with sophisticated medical equipments and are deployed to the three (3) major highways viz Kaduna – Abuja highway, Kaduna – Zaria highway and Kaduna – Kafanchan highways.
“Today, Kaduna is the safest place in Northern Nigeria. Kaduna highways are now safe.
“On Cattle rustling, a total of 59,515 animals (30,000 cows, 20,000 sheeps, 9,000 goats, 500 donkeys and 55 dogs) were recovered and returned to owners whereas 174 cattle rustlers were arrested.
“On Armed robbery, 77 suspected armed robbers were arrested, 12 attempted cases foiled while 13 motors were snatched at gun point out of which 11 were recovered and returned to their owners after providing proof of ownership of the vehicle.
“On Sara-Suka, a notorious gang a total of 256 miscreants were arrested and their criminal profiles have been investigated and are now facing prosecution,” He added.
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