Oyo State have commissioned city CCTV cameras (City Watch) in other to secure their city, the announcement was made by Gov. Seyi on twitter while explaining the needs for security around the borders.
"This evening, we recommissioned the expanded Security Control Room and City Watch facilities at the Oyo State Security Trust Fund Headquarters, Onireke, Jericho, Ibadan. I reiterated our administration's commitment to making Oyo State safe and secure for all within its borders.
For those familiar with my statements during my campaign trail, you'll recall that I was going to scrap this entire architecture because the it was like a white elephant project. But I was convinced to give it another shot and today we have been rewarded with a functional centre.
The entire system has been reconfigured so that we no longer need to pay internet access fees of N3.5 million/month. Also, we have acquired the license for the software for life so no longer need to run the trial version we met. This facility now wholly belongs to Oyo State.
We have also expanded the facilities so that the security operatives including the police and civil defence can work from there. At the moment, the cameras in eight locations are working. These include the Lagos-Ibadan Express Road and the Asejire axis.
With this system, we can easily monitor human and vehicular traffic and even capture number plates of vehicles.
Also, a crime alert platform has been built into the Oyo State website. Everyone can log into the website, free of charge, and once they complete the process, with just a press of the button they can alert operatives of crimes, their location & visuals will show up on the system.
Additionally, we have set up a Governor's Monitoring Unit and a Crime Alert Unit. Vehicles are also positioned at the Security Trust Fund Headquarters so that the operatives can respond in real time to any crime reports."
Oyo State and Lagos state are currently the only state with city CCTV cameras, as even Nigerian capital, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja do not have city CCTV cameras installed in the city. Nigerian second largest city, Rivers State that have most of its population in the city's capital Port Harcourt also do not have city CCTV cameras.