President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment of advanced surveillance technology to tackle crime and general insecurity in the South region.
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, disclosed this on Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the Imo Governor, the presidential approval will lead to the deployment of the use of advanced surveillance equipment to fight insecurity without causing collateral damage.
The five southeastern states of Imo, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu, have in recent times, witnessed serial incidents of killings, kidnapping, destruction of properties and other forms of criminalities perpetrated by unidentified gunmen.
While some hide under the guise of being members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network, who are agitating for self determination, others openly display their brigandage.
Recently, a joint team of security agencies recorded success in the fight against insecurity in Imo State with the raiding of the camp of criminal gangs who kidnap, kill and seize people’s properties in parts of Imo and Anambra States.
Governor Uzodinma said the tech tools for combating criminals will soon be delivered to the South East.
His words: “I also appealed to him for further support, to support us with some technological deployments; we have planned to be able to do an advanced kind of security control in the South East. He has also given his approval to that.
“And in a moment from now, we will be getting some surveillance equipment and some modern technologies that will help us manage security so that we can fight crime with little or no collateral damage to the environment,” Uzodinma disclosed.
It would be recalled that a former governor of It Imo, Ikedi Ohakim was on Monday attacked by unknown gunmen who killed for of his aides.
Narrating the ordeal, Ohakim in a tweet on Tuesday, said: “I was viciously attacked along Isiala Mbano-Ehime Road in Imo State by gunmen driving a blue BMW salon car.
“The gunmen rained bullets on my convoy. The only vehicle that escaped was the one I was occupying. Sadly, I lost four of my men in the attack.”