Nigerian Police Charge Citizens N12,000 To Use Crime-reporting App

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Nigerians who wish to report cases of rape, kidnapping, murder or incidents such as road accidents through the newly inaugurated Police VGS Mobile App must pay N12,000 before they can do so.

Recall that the Nigeria Police Force had, in a promotional video on its Twitter handle on June 2, 2019, said the app would go a long way in reducing the crime rate.

The Police had stated:

“The Nigeria Police Force, through the dogged efforts of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in a bid to combat the high rate of criminality and criminal elements, kidnappers, domestic offenders, violence, cultism, rape, robbery, among so many, has launched the Police VGS Mobile App.

“The Police VGS Mobile App is a web-based dispatch system for quick emergency reporting of incidents by citizens for the prompt response by the Nigeria Police and other emergency and security agencies within five seconds of reporting.”

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According to Punch, the application through Google Playstore, first asked to choose between three subscription plans: family plan, individual plan and student plan.

Repeated attempts to select any other package apart from the ‘individual’ plan proved abortive, forcing everyone to subscribe for the individual plan.

A data page subsequently emerges, requesting for name, email, address and other vital information; while, at the bottom, it is stated that the subscription cost is N12,000 for 12 months.

Also, there is no option for monthly payment of subscription, as subscribers can only pay N12,000 per year.

When contacted, Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba,  said he would find out the information about the status of the app before responding to questions.

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