OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to provide body-worn cameras for security operatives in the country.
The above resolution was sequel to a motion titled ‘Need to Provide Body-Worn Cameras for Security Operatives in the Country and Create a Situation Room’ raised by Emeka Chinedu Martins (PDP, lmo).
Stressing that the security of lives and properties is a primary responsibility of government, he called for the creation of a situation room in order to ensure transparency and accountability of law enforcement officers.
“A body camera is a wearable audio-visual or photographic system which integrates with in-car video and used to record events involving law enforcement officers in order to improve transparency and accountability of law enforcement agencies.”
“The security operatives, who often experience litigious scrutiny over their conduct in the discharge of their duties ought to wear body cameras in order to have picture and video evidence of their activities.
“The introduction of body cameras will not only douse tension and promote trust and professionalism among the security agencies but will institutionalize the rules of engagement to foster a harmonious relationship between security operatives and the citizenry.”
Chinedu also explained that security agencies have been exploring solutions to mitigate the growing insecurity in the country, considering especially lack of adherence to the rules of engagement on the part of security operatives on duty.
He further pointed out the allegations of harassment, extortion, and extra-judicial killings of citizens by security operatives, which often results in reprisals and uprising by the citizens;
He also informed that the body cameras will keep the security operatives in check, considering the massive allegations of human rights violation by security operatives and lack of evidence to indict them;
The motion was voted on and adopted when the Deputy Speaker and Presiding Officer, Idris Wase put up the question.