The mandatory installation of Closed Circuit Television, CCTV, in all public areas in Ondo State has been extended to September 1, 2022, by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

The extension by the governor is said to be a result of requests from churches, mosques, and other public institutions.

The concerned institutions had appealed to the governor to give them time to implement the State Executive Order.

The owners and operators of both public and private institutions in Ondo State are required to install, use, and maintain CCTV devices as well as other covert cameras to monitor and maintain surveillance of daily activities on their premises, according to an Executive Order signed by Akeredolu on June 22, 2022.

Following the June 5 terrorist attack on Saint Francis Catholic Church in Owo, where 40 worshippers were slain, the governor signed the executive order.

Akeredolu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde said “With the one-month extension, all security agencies in the state shall enforce the Executive Order as from September 1, 2022.

“Violators shall be prosecuted in accordance with Section 203 of the Criminal Code (Cap. 37) Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria.

“Governor Akeredolu reiterated his administration’s commitment to the security of lives and property of the people, describing it as a top priority.”

Akeredolu extends deadline on enforcement of CCTV installation in private, public places