President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment of advanced surveillance technology to address insecurity and crime in Imo and other South-Eastern states.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, who disclosed this to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said the approval will usher in the use of advanced surveillance equipment to fight insecurity without collateral damage.
He added that the tools will soon be delivered to the South-East.
According to him, “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”.
Uzodimma also noted that he was on “a thank-you visit to the President” for previous requests he had granted, including the conversion of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri to a university teaching hospital for the Federal University of Technology and the conversion of the Alvan Ikoku College of Education to a federal college of education.
Meanwhile, a former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim, revealed on Tuesday how gunmen attacked his convoy and killed four of his police officers on Monday.
Ohakim, in a tweet posted on his Twitter handle, @DrIkediOhakim, revealed that those who attacked him operated in a BMW salon car.
Ohakim tweeted, “Yesterday, at about 4.30pm, 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.”