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Senate didn't suspend BCMR - Police
THE Nigeria Police has denounced speculations going round that the Senate has suspended the Police Biometric Central Motor Registry (Police BCMR). In a press release made available to Crime &Security and signed by the force Deputy Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, the force stated that "The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria did not at any time suspend the Police BCMR or its operations and had at no time deliberated on suspending the project.
"The publications are mere rumours from the mill and should be so treated. They are not only untrue but false in all material particulars, as the Police BCMR is very much in operation in all thirty-seven (37) State Police Commands, including the Federal Capital Territory.
“The general public is advised to discard and discountenance these publications, as they are targeted at confusing the general public, an act that is not in the best interest of Nigerians. The publications are the handiworks of detractors who are poised to frustrate the Nigeria Police Force in its determination to perform its legitimate duty as stipulated by the laws of the land.
"The force hereby makes it clear that section 3 (2-6) of the Road Traffic Act Cap 548 LFN, 1990, among other laws, mandates the Inspector-General of Police to maintain central registry of all vehicle licenses issued under the Road Traffic Act (RTA) and keep data of licenses and renewals by the licensing authority.
"The lacuna created by the absence of the Police BCMR created room for the disappearance of scores of vehicles reportedly stolen with little or no trace to help in recovering them. The perpetrators of this crime do it because of the loopholes that existed in our Vehicle Registration System, wherein no authentic data is kept. Even when the police recovered some of these stolen vehicles, it was difficult to trace their owners; hence the need for the operation of the Police BCMR."
The Police BCMR is designed to provide all registered automobiles with electronic incident report mechanism in distress situations that require urgent police attention.
Mba also added that the device meant to help every intended buyer of used vehicles (be it imported), to easily verify the status of the vehicle from their mobile phone or BCMR centres before engaging in the transaction. This is to prevent an innocent buyer from becoming victim of car theft.
The Police BCMR also has the benefit of checking the rising spate of vehicle related crimes, which would reduce the overall crime rate in the country and enhance the capacity of the Force to perform its constitutional mandate of providing security to the nation.
Nigerians should note that the Police Biometrics Central Motor Registry is a digitalization of the manual Central Motor Registry which is a technological means of attaching automobile owner’s special and unique biological traits, personal data to their vehicles for identification, authentication, protection and crime control. The Police BCMR operates on smart card and a hand-held terminal card reader which is a total departure from paper roadside verifications. It is a special Nigeria Police Force customized enterprise solution for the centralization and validation of vehicle documents in order to create an authentic database for Police operational use.
With this technology in place the Police has first hand information and authentic biometric database for operational guide on crime prevention and detection, instead of depending on other agencies for information that may be lacking vital details.Share